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Azerbaijan: Aliyev visits soldiers wounded amid Nagorno-Karabakh contact line clashes01:46

Azerbaijan: Aliyev visits soldiers wounded amid Nagorno-Karabakh contact line clashes

Azerbaijan, Baku
October 1, 2020 at 03:25 GMT +00:00 · Published

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva met with soldiers wounded in combat operations in Nagorno-Karabakh at the Central Military Clinical Hospital of Defense Ministry in Baku, Wednesday.

During the meeting, Aliyev made a statement directed at Armenian soldiers and civilians, saying Azerbaijan's "soldiers are rescue soldiers. Armenian soldiers are occupying soldiers. the difference is this. we are fighting on our own land. Armenian soldiers die on the land of another state, Azerbaijan. And I want to address the Armenian people so that they do not become hostages of the ugly deeds of their leadership."

Fighting in the disputed region broke out on Sunday when Azeri and ethnic Armenian soldiers exchanged fire. It's been the heaviest clashes in the region since 2016 with dozens of casualties reported. Both sides blame each other for the escalation.

Earlier Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged to stand by Azerbaijan in the conflict.

The Nagorno-Karabakh region is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but has an independent government led by a majority group of ethnic Armenians.

Azerbaijan: Aliyev visits soldiers wounded amid Nagorno-Karabakh contact line clashes01:46
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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva met with soldiers wounded in combat operations in Nagorno-Karabakh at the Central Military Clinical Hospital of Defense Ministry in Baku, Wednesday.

During the meeting, Aliyev made a statement directed at Armenian soldiers and civilians, saying Azerbaijan's "soldiers are rescue soldiers. Armenian soldiers are occupying soldiers. the difference is this. we are fighting on our own land. Armenian soldiers die on the land of another state, Azerbaijan. And I want to address the Armenian people so that they do not become hostages of the ugly deeds of their leadership."

Fighting in the disputed region broke out on Sunday when Azeri and ethnic Armenian soldiers exchanged fire. It's been the heaviest clashes in the region since 2016 with dozens of casualties reported. Both sides blame each other for the escalation.

Earlier Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged to stand by Azerbaijan in the conflict.

The Nagorno-Karabakh region is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but has an independent government led by a majority group of ethnic Armenians.

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