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Clashes Resume on Volatile Armenian-Azerbaijani Border

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YEREVAN, Armenia—Clashes resumed between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces on the South Caucasus nations shared border on Thursday morning, with both sides blaming each other for attacks that continue the worst outbreak of hostilities in years.

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Armenia Soldiers-2
Armenian soldiers take their position on the front line in Tavush region, Armenia, on July 14, 2020. (Armenian Defense Ministry Press Service/AP Photo)

Armenias Defense Ministry accused Azerbaijani forces of trying to infiltrate the country. Ministry spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan said that Armenian forces were able to deter the attack.

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A local woman shows damage in her house-1
A local woman shows damage in her house after the shelling by Armenian forces in the Tovuz region of Azerbaijan, on July 14, 2020. (Ramil Zeynalov/AP Photo)

A statement released by Azerbaijans Defense Ministry said the Armenian military attacked Azerbaijani forces on Thursday morning, firing at several settlements with large-caliber weapons and mortars. Officials in both countries said the fighting has continued.

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A local woman shows damage in her house-2
A local woman shows damage in her house after the shelling by the Azerbaijan side in the Aygepar village in Armenias Tavush region, Armenia, on July 15, 2020. (Karo Sahakyan/AP Photo)

Skirmishes on the volatile border began on Sunday, killing at least 16 people by Tuesday. Azerbaijan said it has lost 11 servicemen and one civilian in three days of fighting, and Armenia said four of its troops were killed Tuesday.

On Thursday, Armenian officials said 20 servicemen have been injured since Sunday, with one of them in grave condition.

A damaged house
A damaged house
A damaged house is seen after shelling by Armenian forces in the Tovuz region of Azerbaijan, on July 14, 2020. (Ramil Zeynalov/AP Photo)

The neighbors have been locked in conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, a region of Azerbaijan that has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a war there ended in 1994. IntRead More – Source