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Live updates: Nagorno-Karabakh fighting continues for 19th day

15 October 2020

Fighting is continuing for the 19th day over Nagorno-Karabakh, despite a ceasefire being agreed in Moscow.

[The news as it happened: 27 September, 28 September, 29 September, 30 September, 1 October, 2 October, 3 October, 4 October, 5 October, 6 October, 7 October, 8 October, 9 October, 10 October, 11 October, 12 October, 13 October, 14 October]

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15 Oct 2020, 18:43

Aliyev: Azerbaijani military has taken control of six more villages

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has announced that the Azerbaijani military has taken control of the ‘Arish village of Fuzuli district, Doshulu village of Jabrayil district, and Edishe, Dudukchi, Edilli and Chiraguz of Khojavend district’.

15 Oct 2020, 18:11

Death toll in Tartar cemetery strike reportedly rises to four

The General Prosecutor’s Office of Azerbaijan has announced that one of the people injured in the artillery strike on a cemetery in Tartar has died, bringing the total number of fatalities from the shelling to four.  

15 Oct 2020, 17:12

Armenia: Stepanakert shelling resumes

After a period of relative calm, Armenian authorities report that the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh has again been shelled. No deaths or injuries are reported. 

15 Oct 2020, 15:03

Armenia confirms 604 military fatalities

The Armenian Ministry of Defence confirms that at least 604 soldiers have died since the fighting began. Azerbaijan does not release the number of deaths among members of their military. 

15 Oct 2020, 14:39

General Prosecutor’s Office of Armenia: 2 soldiers killed on Armenian territory in drone strike

Armenia’s Prosecutor General’s Office reports that two service members of Armenia’s armed forces were killed and ten were wounded as a result of a drone strike on military equipment yesterday.

According to the report, the drone strike was carried out on military equipment near the village of Shatvan, in Armenia’s Gegharkunik province. The report also states that a drone strike targeted civilians in an adjacent field and a child was injured as a result. 

15 Oct 2020, 14:22

Azerbaijan: Armenian strike hit cemetery in Tartar, 3 civilians killed

Azerbaijani Presidential aide Hikmet Hajiyev reports that a strike by Armenian forces on the city of Tartar hit a cemetery where a funeral was taking place, three civilians were killed as a result and three injured. 

15 Oct 2020, 13:31

Armenia: Turkey has prohibited flight of humanitarian aid over its airspace

Armenia’s High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs Zareh Sinanyan said during a press conference last night that Turkey has prohibited a flight carrying 100 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Armenia from flying over its airspace. 

According to Sinanyan, to date, about 700 tonnes of humanitarian aid has arrived to Armenia from different countries including Russia, the United States, France, Ukraine, and Georgia.

15 Oct 2020, 13:23

Aliyev denies presence of foreign fighters and calls Turkish involvement ‘fake news’

In an interview with France 24,  Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev denied that Syrian mercenaries were fighting on the side of Azerbaijan, stating that 'no evidence was presented’ to Azerbaijan that would corroborate this. He also called claims of Turkish military involvement in the conflict, ‘fake news’. 

He accused Armenia of violating the ceasefire agreed to in Moscow on 10 October, adding that Armenia continues to shell civilian targets. Azerbaijan, he claimed, 'never deliberately attacked civilians in any city or village on the occupied territories'. 

Aliyev also said that Azerbaijani authorities ‘are investigating’ the strike on the Ghazanchetsots Cathedral in Shusha (Shushi). He floated the idea that the attack was carried out by Armenian forces as a false-flag attack, and admitted the possibility that the strike was carried out by the Azerbaijani military — stating that if it was indeed the case it was ‘a mistake’

15 Oct 2020, 13:18

Austrian parliament condemns Turkish involvement in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, calls for ceasefire

The Austrian parliament has voted unanimously to adopt a resolution condemning Turkey’s involvement in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and its sales of arms to Azerbaijan during the fighting. 

The resolution states that the parliament asks Austria’s Foreign Minister to ‘advocate at European level that the European Union exerts its influence on all actors involved, in particular Turkey, in order to stop external interference in the conflict such as arms deliveries to the conflicting parties’. 

It also calls for work towards ‘a rapid de-escalation’ and ‘a sustainable ceasefire’ that would allow for the swift return of OSCE observers and renewed negotiations.

15 Oct 2020, 12:39

Azerbaijan: civilian deaths rise to 43

The General Prosecutor’s Office of Azerbaijan reports that the number of civilians killed since the fighting began has risen to 43. Another 218 are reported injured.

15 Oct 2020, 12:37

Azerbaijan: Settlements shelled this morning

Azerbaijani Presidential aide Hikmet Hajiyev reports that this morning Armenian forces shelled ‘Tartar, Agjabadi, Agdam and other regions of Azerbaijan’.


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