Ministry spokesperson Shushan Stepanyan additionally stated Armenian forces hit three Azerbaijani tanks. There was no quick phrase on casualties.
Nagorno-Karabakh is an ethnic Armenian enclave inside Azerbaijan that has been out of Azerbaijan’s management for the reason that finish of a conflict in 1994. Both sides have heavy army presence alongside a demilitarized zone separating the area from the remainder of Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan’s defence ministry denied the declare that its helicopters and tanks had been hit. But President Ilham Aliyev stated in a televised handle to the nation that “there are losses among the Azerbaijani forces and the civilian population as a result of the Armenian bombardment.”
Stepanyan stated the preventing Sunday started with an Azerbaijani assault, however Azerbaijan stated the Armenian facet attacked and that Azerbaijan launched a counteroffensive.
Turkey condemns ‘provocation’
The information was harshly acquired in Turkey, an in depth ally of Azerbaijan.
Turkey’s ruling get together spokesperson Omer Celik tweeted: “We vehemently condemn Armenia’s attack on Azerbaijan. Armenia has once against committed a provocation, ignoring law.” He promised Turkey would stand by Azerbaijan and stated, “Armenia is playing with fire and endangering regional peace.”
Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin additionally took to Twitter to sentence Armenia. “Armenia has violated the ceasefire by attacking civilian settlements … the international community must immediately say stop to this dangerous provocation.”
Mostly mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh — a area some 4,400 sq. kilometres or concerning the measurement of the U.S. state of Delaware — lies 50 kilometres from the Armenian border. Local troopers backed by Armenia additionally occupy some Azerbaijani territory exterior the area.
International efforts to settle the battle have stalled and preventing sporadically breaks out. In July, one of the extreme outbreaks of preventing in years left 16 folks from each side lifeless.
Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh area, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated on Sunday that his nation has declared martial legislation and complete army mobilization following the clashes.