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Azeri Missile Attack Ups Tensions in Karabakh

Each side says the other caused only minor damage, no casualties in skirmishes this week.

18 May 2017

Nagorno-Karabakh says it struck back at Azerbaijani forces after Baku launched guided missiles against one of its positions earlier this week.

 

The army of the unrecognized, Armenian-backed republic released a video yesterday purporting to show the destruction of some Azerbaijani positions, RFE/RL’s Armenian service reports.

 

Minor shooting incidents occur almost daily on the line of contact between the two sides, but Azerbaijan’s use of guided missiles against an Armenian air defense system this week was one of the most serious incidents in some time.

 

An Azerbaijani Defense Ministry spokesman said Tuesday that its forces “destroyed on Monday an Armenian Osa air defense system and its crew in the Fisuli-Khojavend sector of Karabakh's frontline in order to avert the threat it posed to Azerbaijan's aircraft," AFP reported, as cited by Al Jazeera.

 

Nagorno-Karabakh authorities confirmed that an Azerbaijani attack had damaged some military equipment but said there were no casualties.

 

After yesterday’s retaliation by Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan said it suffered no casualties or loss of military hardware after what it described as a mortar attack on some of its positions and populated areas near the front line, RFE reports.

 

Azerbaijani forces suffered several deaths in fighting with Karabakh troops in February, Al Jazeera says.

 

 

  • The simmering conflict broke out into four days of heavy fighting in April 2016 when more than 100 soldiers and civilians were killed. Attempts to relaunch the stalled multinational peace process since then have failed.
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  • The Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE, the organization that is brokering the peace process, posted a call on its website urging the opposing sides to return to the negotiating table, Vestnik Kavkaza reports. The assembly will holds its next annual session in July in the Belarusian capital, Minsk.

Compiled by Ky Krauthamer

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