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Merdeka.com – Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of violating the ceasefire agreement when the two sides exchanged fire again on Friday (23/9) morning. The militaries of the two countries exchanged fire last week, the worst fighting between the two countries since 2020.

In a statement released by the defense ministers of both countries on Friday morning, Baku accused Yerevan of starting the fire and Yerevan made the same accusation.

In two days of clashes that killed nearly 200 soldiers last week, the two sides agreed to a ceasefire, facilitated by Russia, to end hostilities. However, the situation at the border is still tense.

“On September 23, at 07.40, units of the Azerbaijani armed forces again violated the ceasefire by firing from different positions towards Armenian combat positions located in the eastern area of ​​the Armenia-Azerbaijan border,” the Armenian Ministry of Defense said in a post on its website. Facebook on Friday (23/9), as reported by Al Arabiya.

“Enemy fire was suppressed with countermeasures,” he continued.

Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense responded to the statement, saying it was the Armenians who fired the first shots.

Baku said the Armenian armed forces fired in three different areas of the border, “occasionally shelling positions of the Azerbaijani armed forces with mixed caliber light weapons” for nine hours starting at 11:45 pm on Thursday evening. That’s why it took countermeasures by shooting back.

Fighting between the two countries broke out earlier this month that left 200 soldiers dead, the deadliest confrontation since a six-week war in 2020.

The fighting is linked to the battle for the Nagorno-Karabakh area, which is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but until 2020 largely controlled by the ethnic Armenian majority.

Armenia says Azerbaijan is invading its territory and seizing settlements within its borders, outside the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area. Azerbaijan said it was responding to “provocations” from the Armenian side. [pan]

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