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Azerbaijan: Military deployed as fighting breaks out in Nagorno-Karabakh00:20

Azerbaijan: Military deployed as fighting breaks out in Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijan, Samaxi
April 2, 2016 at 12:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

Footage emerged in Samaxi on Saturday showing the deployment of Azerbaijani military vehicles to the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory on the Armenian-Azeri border, following an outbreak of violence in the area overnight.

The territorial dispute erupted into violence on Friday night, with Armenia and Azerbaijan blaming each other for the resumption of hostilities. The self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Defence Ministry released a statement earlier on Saturday, saying that escalation of the conflict had been noted in the southern, south-eastern and north-eastern areas of the territory. Both sides reportedly used tanks, artillery and aircraft.

The conflict over the area dates back to 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh region, a predominantly Armenian mountainous region that was part of Azerbaijan, broke away from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. It declared independence in 1991, triggering a full-scale war which ended only after Russia brokered a ceasefire between the two countries in 1994. Clashes still break out periodically in the region.

Azerbaijan: Military deployed as fighting breaks out in Nagorno-Karabakh00:20
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Footage emerged in Samaxi on Saturday showing the deployment of Azerbaijani military vehicles to the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory on the Armenian-Azeri border, following an outbreak of violence in the area overnight.

The territorial dispute erupted into violence on Friday night, with Armenia and Azerbaijan blaming each other for the resumption of hostilities. The self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Defence Ministry released a statement earlier on Saturday, saying that escalation of the conflict had been noted in the southern, south-eastern and north-eastern areas of the territory. Both sides reportedly used tanks, artillery and aircraft.

The conflict over the area dates back to 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh region, a predominantly Armenian mountainous region that was part of Azerbaijan, broke away from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. It declared independence in 1991, triggering a full-scale war which ended only after Russia brokered a ceasefire between the two countries in 1994. Clashes still break out periodically in the region.

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