The fighting, which broke out early on Tuesday, marks the latest flare-up between the arch foes, who fought a war in 2020 over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Iran PressAsia: The latest round of clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan left an unknown number of Azerbaijani troops dead early on Tuesday.

In a statement, Armenia’s defense ministry said Azerbaijan launched “intensive shelling” against Armenian military positions in the direction of the cities of Goris, Sok, and Jermuk at 00:05 am (20:05 GMT) on Tuesday. Azerbaijani troops used drones and “artillery and large-calibre firearms,” it said.

“Armenia’s armed forces have launched a proportionate response,” it added.

But Azerbaijan’s defense ministry accused Armenia of “large-scale subversive acts” near the districts of Dashkesan, Kelbajar, and Lachin on the border, adding that its army positions “came under fire, including from trench mortars.”

There have been frequent reports of fighting along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border since the end of their 2020 war.

Last week, Armenia accused Azerbaijan of killing one of its soldiers in a border attack.

The neighbors have fought two wars over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, the Armenian-populated enclave in Azerbaijan.

Conflict first broke out in the late 1980s, when both sides were under Soviet rule, and Armenian forces captured swathes of territory near Nagorno-Karabakh — long recognized internationally as Azerbaijan’s territory, but with a large Armenian population.

About 30,000 people died in the ensuing conflict.


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