Armenia-Azerbaijan: Almost 100 killed in overnight clashes


New clashes have erupted between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, the Armenian defence ministry says, a day after nearly 100 soldiers were killed in the deadliest fighting between the two neighbours since 2020.

Azerbaijan used artillery, mortar and small arms in its attack on Wednesday morning, the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border remained tense,” it added, restating Armenia’s position that Azerbaijan launched an aggression on its sovereign territory.

On its part, Azerbaijan accused Armenia, which is in a military alliance with Moscow and home to a Russian military base, of firing mortars and artillery against its military units.

“Our positions are periodically being fired against at the moment,” Azerbaijan’s defence ministry said. “Our units are taking the necessary response measures.”

Al Jazeera was unable to immediately verify battlefield accounts from either side.

A full-fledged conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan would risk dragging in powers such as Russia and Turkey and destabilise an important corridor for pipelines carrying oil and gas at a time when fighting in Ukraine disrupts energy supplies.