Nagorno-Karabakh truce under severe strain

A fragile ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh was heavily burdened on Sunday (October 11) - just one day after it was agreed. Azerbaijan and Armenia accused each other of serious violations and crimes against civilians.
This was shown in Azerbaijan's second city of Ganja, where Azerbaijani authorities accused Armenia of heavily firing at a residential area and hitting a residential building in the early hours of the morning.
Azerbaijan's General Prosecutor's Office said nine people were killed and 34 injured, although those numbers could not be independently verified.
The president's advisor, Hikmet Hajiyev, said the attack could not be justified militarily.
"But what we see here is only Armenia's intention to kill civilians. Once again, the real face of Armenia is revealed."
The Armenian Defense Ministry described Azerbaijan's allegations as an "absolute lie" and accused the Azerbaijani armed forces of continuing to bombard populated areas in Nagorno-Karabakh, including the region's largest city, Stepanakert.
Arayik Haratyunyan is president of the breakaway region - internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but populated and ruled by ethnic Armenians.
He accused Azerbaijan of violating humanitarian rules by attacking people in Nagorno-Karabakh and although he described the situation as relatively calm on Sunday morning, he said he did not know how long it would take and said the front line stayed tense.
The humanitarian ceasefire was brokered after marathon talks in Moscow, which were endorsed by President Vladimir Putin.
Internationally, there are fears that renewed fighting in this decades-long conflict could arise in Russia, which has a defense pact with Armenia, and in Turkey, a close ally of Azerbaijan.
Video transcript
- A fragile ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh was heavily burdened on Sunday, just one day after it was agreed. Azerbaijan and Armenia accused each other of serious violations and crimes against civilians. This was shown in Azerbaijan's second city, Ganja, where the Azerbaijani authorities accused Armenia of badly shelling a residential area and hitting a residential building in the early hours of the morning. Azerbaijan's General Prosecutor's Office said nine people were killed and 34 injured, although those numbers could not be independently verified. The president's advisor, Hikmet Hajiyev, said the attack could not be justified militarily.
HIKMET HAJIYEV: But what we are seeing here is only Armenia's intention to kill civilians. Once again shows the real face of Armenia.
- The Armenian Defense Ministry described Azerbaijan's allegations as an outright lie and accused the Azerbaijani Armed Forces of continuing to fire on populated areas in Nagorno-Karabakh, including the region's largest city, Stepanakert.
ARAYIK HARUTYUNYAN: [ARMENIAN SPEAKING]
- Arayik Harutyunyan is president of the breakaway region, which is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but is populated and ruled by ethnic Armenians.
ARAYIK HARUTYUNYAN: [ARMENIAN SPEAKING]
- He accused Azerbaijan of violating humanitarian rules by attacking people in Nagorno-Karabakh. And although he described the situation as relatively calm on Sunday morning, he said he didn't know how long it would take and said the front had remained tense.
The humanitarian ceasefire was brokered after marathon talks in Moscow, which were endorsed by President Vladimir Putin. Internationally, there are fears that this decades-long conflict will lead to renewed fighting between Russia, which has a defense pact with Armenia, and Turkey, a close ally of Azerbaijan.

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