Azerbaijan said on Thursday that 71 of its soldiers had died in border clashes with Armenia.
Here, Armenia said 105 of its soldiers had been killed.
The conflict between the two countries has been going on for a long time around the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Armenia Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan said on Thursday that 71 of its soldiers had died in clashes along the border with Armenia over the past two days, AFP news agency reported. Here, Armenia said 105 of its soldiers had been killed. According to Reuters, fighting on the border between the two countries over the Nagorno-Karabakh rupture zone since the 1980s resumed on Tuesday.
This is known to be the newest case in a series of long-running disputes between the two former Soviet republics over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. On which both parties accuse each other. Here, Russia and America called for peace between the two countries.
#UPDATE Azerbaijan said Thursday that 71 of its soldiers had died in border clashes with Armenia over the past two days, increasing an earlier death toll of 50 in the worst fighting since 2020.
An Azeri soldier patrols Jabrayil after clashes with Armenia in 2020 pic.twitter.com/ne9qHuSVJB
— AFP news agency (@AFP) September 15, 2022
Christian-majority Armenia and Muslim-majority Azerbaijan have been in conflict for centuries, first over religion and more recently over territorial disputes. The current crisis has its roots in the early 1920s, when Russia under Joseph Stalin occupied large parts of the Caucasus. At this time, Stalin placed the predominantly Armenian area of Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan.
As the former USSR began to crumble in the late 1980s, nationalist forces on both sides began to fight for control of the disputed region. In 1994, Armenia was able to drive out a large number of Azerbaijani forces from Nagorno-Karabakh. The violence has killed tens and thousands of people and displaced thousands.
However, the current crisis has been brewing since 2020 after a six-week war that killed 6,500 people. In March, Azerbaijani forces captured the area of Farukh, a village with an ethnic Armenian population. Due to its strategic location, events in Farooq have raised concerns.
Earlier this week, Armenia claimed that Azerbaijani forces launched heavy shelling with artillery and large-caliber firearms against Armenian troops heading towards the towns of Goris, Sotak and Jermuk.
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FIRST POST: September 15, 2022, 4:37 p.m. HST