Azerbaijan, Armenia clash as France, Turkey trade barbs

  • Fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia entered a fourth day on Wednesday in the biggest eruption of the decades-old conflict since a 1994 ceasefire.
  • Armenia said three civilians had been killed in Martakert, a town located in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, as a result of an Azeri attack, local news agency Armenpress reported.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron said Turkey’s “warlike” rhetoric was encouraging Azerbaijan to reconquer Nagorno-Karabakh.
  • Nagorno-Karabakh is a disputed region inside Azerbaijan and controlled by ethnic Armenians. It broke away from Azerbaijan in a war in the 1990s but is not recognised by any country as an independent republic.

    Wednesday, September 30

    18:24 GMT – Nagorno-Karabakh reports 23 more losses: ministry

    The defence ministry of the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh said it could report 23 more casualties.

    Dozens have been reported killed and hundreds wounded in fighting since Sunday.

    17:37 GMT – Fourth rocket lands on Iranian soil

    Iranian media reported that a rocket has landed on Iranian soil as part of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    The missile reportedly landed close to a residential area in a village called Mohammad Salehlou located in Khoda Afarin county, near the Armenian border. It is unclear who fired the rocket. No casualties or damages were reported.

    This is the fourth rocket that lands in the Khoda Afarin border area. All three previous rockets had landed in non-residential areas, inflicting no casualties or damages.

    16:53 GMT – Moscow urges parties to prevent use of foreign fighters

    Russian Foreign Ministry said that illegal armed groups coming from Syria and Libya were being sent to the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, according to a statement.

    Moscow called on both parties to prevent the use of foreign fighters and mercenaries in the conflict.

    Two Syrian rebel sources have told Reuters that Turkey is sending Syrian rebel fighters to support Azerbaijan, which Turkey and Azerbaijan have denied.

    16:02 GMT – Moscow willing to host Azeri and Armenian talks: Lavrov

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow was willing to host the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan for talks, a ministry statement cited him as saying.

    He said Russia would continue to work both independently and together with other representatives of the Minsk group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to mediate in the conflict.

    15:26 GMT – One person killed, three wounded in Azeri town of Horadiz: Azerbaijan Prosecutor

    One person was killed and three wounded by Armenian fire on the town of Horadiz in southern Azerbaijan, said the Azeri Prosecutor’s office.

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