Azerbaijan and Armenia accuse each other of new attacks on cities in and around the controversial Nagorno-Karabakh region on Wednesday evening. Both parties report civilian deaths. On Sunday, the warring parties made new agreements for a ceasefire, which started on Monday morning (local time).
Third time truce is violated
Both countries deny their opponent’s accusations. The International Red Cross (ICRC) reports that they have observed bombings in several inhabited areas. The ICRC added that a volunteer from the Red Crescent in Azerbaijan also died.
The ICRC believes that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is becoming uncontrollable. “Civilians are dying at an alarming rate,” said the ICRC’s local director in the region.
A new truce had been in force in the area since Monday morning. The United States, which mediated in the negotiations, speaks of a “disappointing” state of affairs. The US is urging countries to find a diplomatic solution.
At present, fighting continues along the eastern borders of Nagorno-Karabakh and north of the Iranian border. (Infographic: Press/Joris Knikkink)
The new fighting is the third time the parties have violated an agreed-upon ceasefire. Previous truces were declared on October 10 and 17.
In both cases, the parties accused minutes after the commencement of the truces that the opponent had violated the agreements. Since the conflict between the countries flared up again in late September, both countries have reported many casualties.