Not less that 26 separatist fighters have been killed in clashes with Azerbaijani troops in the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, the rebels’ defence ministry said, bringing their military death toll to 84.
It was also reported on Tuesday September 29, 2020, that the total number of civilians killed has risen to 11 – nine in Azerbaijan and two in Armenia, bringing the total death toll to 95.
“This is a life-and-death war,” Arayik Harutyunyan, the Nagorno-Karabakh leader, said in a news briefing.
World leaders have urged a halt in fighting after the worst escalation since 2016 raised the spectre of a fresh war between the ex-Soviet rivals Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The UN Security Council will hold emergency talks behind closed doors later on Tuesday, following a push led by France and Germany for the issue to be placed on the agenda.
“Fierce clashes continued throughout the day on Monday,” officials in Baku and Yerevan said.
“On Monday evening, Azerbaijani forces launched a “massive offensive at the Karabakh front line’s southern and northeastern sectors,” said Armenia’s Ministry of Defense spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan.
“Twenty-six servicemen of Karabakh’s Defence Army died” in action, the Karabakh’s defence ministry said in a statement late on Monday.
Source: News Agency