- Title: Civilian reported dead in border clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia
- Date: 16th July 2020
- Summary: TOVUZ REGION, AZERBAIJAN (JULY 15, 2020) (REUTERS) MAN IN MASK LOOKING AT SHELL DAMAGE GROUP OF PEOPLE, SOME WITH AZERBAIJANI FLAGS VARIOUS OF DAMAGED HOUSE POLICE NEAR ENTRANCE TO YARD OF DAMAGED HOUSE GROUP OF PEOPLE NEAR DAMAGED HOUSE VARIOUS OF VEHICLES OF POLICE AND "ANAMA" (AZERBAIJAN NATIONAL AGENCY FOR MINE ACTION) MINE CLEARING SPECIALISTS PUTTING ON BODY ARMOUR ANAMA LOGO ON CAR POLICE (SOUNDBITE) (Azerbaijani) TOVUZ REGION RESIDENT, IZZAT AZIZOV, SAYING: "They regularly opened fire on the border areas with heavy artillery. The sound of gunshots could be heard until last night. Then there was silence for a while. Yesterday, on the 14th of the month, at 7 o'clock in the morning, they started firing again." VARIOUS OF DAMAGED BUILDING DAMAGED ROOM VARIOUS OF DEBRIS ON BED STREET VIEW (SOUNDBITE) (Azerbaijani) TOVUZ REGION RESIDENT, ZARNISHAN GOZALOVA, SAYING: "When I spoke with him (father) on the phone, there were already gunshots. There was the sound of heavy artillery. He said, do you hear? I said yes. I said, dad, that's why you shouldn't go out much. He went out after breakfast and a shell hit him. No one was with him at the time of his death. He died alone." BROKEN WINDOW DAMAGED HOUSE (SOUNDBITE) (Azerbaijani) TOVUZ REGION RESIDENT, HAGIGAT MAMMADOVA, SAYING: "The war began at noon on the 12th of the month. The Armenian army opened fire on the village and positions of Azerbaijan's army with heavy artillery from the side called Garagaya. On the 11th, 12th, and 13th of July, there was continuous firing." EXPLOSION AFTERMATH ON GROUND VARIOUS OF DAMAGED HOUSE VARIOUS OF DAMAGED FENCE
- Embargoed: 30th July 2020 10:09
- Keywords: border conflict damage disputed region house shelling village
- Location: TOVUZ REGION, AZERBAIJAN
- City: TOVUZ REGION, AZERBAIJAN
- Country: Azerbaijan
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA001CN27BK7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Azerbaijan and Armenia accused each other of shelling military positions and villages on Thursday (July 16), breaking a day of ceasefire in border clashes between the two former Soviet republics.
Eleven Azeri soldiers and a civilian, and four Armenian servicemen, have died since Sunday in renewed conflict between countries who fought a 1990s war in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh region.
International concern is heightened because of the threat to stability in a region serving as a corridor for pipelines taking oil and gas from the Caspian Sea to global markets.
Both countries' defense ministries accused the other of firing mortars from before dawn and encroaching on territory, though there were no casualties reported.
It was "the first serious violation of the fragile ceasefire established yesterday," the Armenian ministry said.
The neighbours have long been in conflict over Azerbaijan's breakaway, mainly ethnic Armenian region of Nagorno-Karabakh. But the latest flareups are around the Tavush region in northeast Armenia, some 300 km (190 miles) from the enclave.
Ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh declared independence during a conflict that broke out as the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Though a ceasefire was agreed in 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia frequently accuse each other of attacks around Nagorno-Karabakh and along the separate Azeri-Armenian frontier.
(Production: Dmitry Turlyun)
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