Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of breaking 'humanitarian truce'

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Video grab from the Azerbaijan Defense Ministry purporting to show an attack on an Armenian position.
Video grab from the Azerbaijan Defense Ministry purporting to show an attack on an Armenian position.

YEREVAN — Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused each other of violating a "humanitarian truce" in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Both countries announced the ceasefire from Saturday midnight via statements from their foreign ministries.

But an Armenian Defense Ministry spokeswoman said Azerbaijan had broken the agreement four minutes after it came into force. Azerbaijan later said Armenia had also broken the ceasefire.

The truce came after the sides denounced each other for attacking residential areas, as violence over the Nagorno-Karabakh region raged on.

"The Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan have agreed on a humanitarian truce from Oct. 18 at 00:00 local time," the Armenian Foreign Ministry said, with the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry confirming in an identical statement.

Azerbaijan on Saturday accused Armenia of striking its second-largest city, Ganja, with a missile that authorities said killed at least 13 civilians.

The Armenian Defense Ministry denied launching the strike and accused Azerbaijan of shelling residences in the city known as Stepanakert for the Armenians and Khankendi for the Azeris.

While authorities in both Azerbaijan and Armenia have denied targeting civilians, residential areas have increasingly come under shelling amid the hostilities that have raged for three weeks despite Russia's attempt to broker a cease-fire.

The latest outburst of fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh began on Sept. 27 and has involved heavy artillery, rockets and drones, killing hundreds and marking the largest escalation of hostilities between the South Caucasus neighbors in more than a quarter-century. — Euronews


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