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Fighting resumes on Armenian-Azerbaijani border after brief lull

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 16, 2020
Fighting on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan reportedly resumed early after a brief deescalation in fighting, with the two sides accusing each other of attacking their frontline positions and shelling villages.
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The Armenian military claimed to have thwarted a predawn Azerbaijani raid on one of its border posts in the northeastern Tavush district.

Topics: Armenian Azerbaijani

“After a fierce gunbattle, the enemy was repelled, suffering casualties,” Defense Ministry spokeswoman Shushan Stepanian said, adding that Azerbaijani forces then began shelling two Armenian border villages with mortars and howitzers.

“Gunfire is continuing at the moment,” Stepanian wrote. “Units of the Armenian Armed Forces are neutralizing Azerbaijani provocations.”

Stepanian also claimed that Armenian forces had destroyed an Azerbaijani tank and struck “artillery and mortar positions that were shelling our settlements and positions.”

She posted a short video of plumes of black smoke rising from behind a hill on what appeared to be the Azerbaijani side of the frontier.

Stepanian also said that Armenian Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan had phoned Andrzej Kasprzyk, the head of an OSCE mission monitoring the cease fire in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict zone, to brief him on the latest escalation.

She said Tonoyan told Kasprzyk that the Azerbaijani side suffered “many casualties.”