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Armenia, Azerbaijan clash as Iran works on peace plan – Arkansas Online

Armenia, Azerbaijan clash as Iran works on peace plan – Arkansas Online

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YEREVAN, Armenia — Armenia accused Azerbaijan of firing missiles into the capital of the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh on Monday, while Azerbaijan said several of its towns and its second-largest city were attacked.

Iran, which borders both countries, said it was working on a peace plan for the decades-old conflict, which reignited last month and has killed scores of people on both sides.

The region of Nagorno-Karabakh lies inside Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since the end of a separatist war in 1994.

Armenian military officials reported missile strikes in the territorial capital of Stepanakert, which came under intense attacks all weekend. Residents told the Russian state RIA Novosti news agency that parts of the city were suffering shortages of electricity and gas after the strikes.

The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, in turn, accused Armenian forces of shelling the towns of Tartar, Barda and Beylagan. Ganja, the country’s second-largest city far outside the conflict zone, also was “under fire,” officials said.

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Hikmet Hajiyev, aide to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, tweeted that Armenian forces attacked “densely populated civilian areas” in Ganja, Barda, Beylagan and other towns “with missiles and rockets.”

Armenia’s Foreign Ministry dismissed allegations of attacks being launched from Armenia’s territory as a “disinformation campaign” by Azerbaijan. Nagorno-Karabakh officials didn’t comment on the accusations, but warned both Sunday and Monday that the territory’s forces would target military facilities in Azerbaijani cities in response to strikes on Stepanakert.

The fighting began Sept. 27 and has killed dozens, marking the biggest escalation in the conflict. Both sides have accused each other of expanding the hostilities beyond Nagorno-Karabakh.

According to Nagorno-Karabakh officials, about 220 servicemen on their side have died in the clashes since then. The state-run Armenian Unified Infocenter said 21 civilians have been killed in the region and 82 wounded.

Azerbaijani authorities haven’t given details about military casualties, but said 25 civilians were killed and 127 wounded.

Both sides have repeatedly accused each other of targeting civilians and have reported damage to nonmilitary infrastructure.

Aliyev said his troops “liberated” several more villages in the Jabrayil region. A similar report about the town of Jabrayil and its surrounding villages Sunday was denied by Nagorno-Karabakh officials.

Nagorno-Karabakh was a designated autonomous region within Azerbaijan during the Soviet era. It claimed independence from Azerbaijan in 1991, about three months before the Soviet Union’s collapse. A full-scale war that broke out in 1992 killed an estimated 30,000 people.

By the time the war ended in 1994, Armenian forces held not only Nagorno-Karabakh but also substantial areas outside the territory’s borders, like the Jabrayil region where Azerbaijan claimed to have taken a town and several villages.

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Aliyev has repeatedly said Armenia’s withdrawal from Nagorno-Karabakh is the sole condition to end the fighting.

The Foreign Ministry of Iran, which has nearly 470 miles of border with Azerbaijan and a short border with Armenia, said it is working on a peace plan.

Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh did not elaborate but said Iran is talking to all related parties.

“Iran has prepared a plan with a specific framework containing details after consultations with both sides of the dispute, Azerbaijan and Armenia, as well as regional states and neighbors, and will pursue this plan,” he said.

Information for this article was contributed by Aida Sultanova, Daria Litvinova, Nasser Karimi, Lorne Cook and Suzan Fraser of The Associated Press.

People walk inside a building, destroyed by shelling by Armenian forces in Barda, Azerbaijan, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. The fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh resumed Monday, with both sides accusing each other of launching attacks. The region lies in Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since the end of a separatist war in 1994. (Unal Cam/DHA via AP)

People walk inside a building, destroyed by shelling by Armenian forces in Barda, Azerbaijan, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. The fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh resumed Monday, with both sides accusing each other of launching attacks. The region lies in Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since the end of a separatist war in 1994. (Unal Cam/DHA via AP)

Fire burns in a residential area after shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery during a military conflict in self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Stepanakert, Azerbaijan, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The clashes erupted on Sept. 27 and have killed dozens, marking the biggest escalation in the decades-old conflict over the region, which lies within Azerbaijan but is controlled by local ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia. (Aram Kirakosyan/PAN Photo via AP)

Fire burns in a residential area after shelling by Azerbaijan’s artillery during a military conflict in self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Stepanakert, Azerbaijan, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The clashes erupted on Sept. 27 and have killed dozens, marking the biggest escalation in the decades-old conflict over the region, which lies within Azerbaijan but is controlled by local ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia. (Aram Kirakosyan/PAN Photo via AP)

People look at destroyed buildings in a residential area in Ganja, Azerbaijan, near the border with Armenia, after shelling by Armenian forces that killed two people and wounded several other, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. Turkey's foreign ministry has condemned an attack on Ganja, Azerbaijan's second largest city and said the attack was proof of Armenia's disregard for law. (DHA via AP)

People look at destroyed buildings in a residential area in Ganja, Azerbaijan, near the border with Armenia, after shelling by Armenian forces that killed two people and wounded several other, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. Turkey’s foreign ministry has condemned an attack on Ganja, Azerbaijan’s second largest city and said the attack was proof of Armenia’s disregard for law. (DHA via AP)

In this image taken from video released by Armenian Defense Ministry on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, anArmenian soldier carries a box of ammunition at the contact line of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. Armenian military officials on Monday reported missile strikes hitting Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. The region lies in Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since 1994. (Armenian Defense Ministry via AP)

In this image taken from video released by Armenian Defense Ministry on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, anArmenian soldier carries a box of ammunition at the contact line of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. Armenian military officials on Monday reported missile strikes hitting Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. The region lies in Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since 1994. (Armenian Defense Ministry via AP)

People look at a destroyed historical building in a residential area in Ganja, Azerbaijan, near the border with Armenia, after shelling by Armenian forces that killed two people and wounded several other, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. Turkey's foreign ministry has condemned an attack on Ganja, Azerbaijan's second largest city and said the attack was proof of Armenia's disregard for law. (DHA via AP)

People look at a destroyed historical building in a residential area in Ganja, Azerbaijan, near the border with Armenia, after shelling by Armenian forces that killed two people and wounded several other, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. Turkey’s foreign ministry has condemned an attack on Ganja, Azerbaijan’s second largest city and said the attack was proof of Armenia’s disregard for law. (DHA via AP)

A woman, salvages belongings from a house damaged by shelling by Armenian forces, in a residential area of the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan's second-largest city, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. The fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh resumed Monday, with both sides accusing each other of launching attacks. The region lies in Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since the end of a separatist war in 1994. (Unal Cam/DHA via AP)

A woman, salvages belongings from a house damaged by shelling by Armenian forces, in a residential area of the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan’s second-largest city, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. The fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh resumed Monday, with both sides accusing each other of launching attacks. The region lies in Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since the end of a separatist war in 1994. (Unal Cam/DHA via AP)

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, left, and Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speak to the media after their talks in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Stoltenberg said the 30-country military alliance is "deeply concerned by the escalation of hostilities " between Azerbaijan and Armenia and he urged Turkey to help end the fighting. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, left, and Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speak to the media after their talks in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Stoltenberg said the 30-country military alliance is “deeply concerned by the escalation of hostilities ” between Azerbaijan and Armenia and he urged Turkey to help end the fighting. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

People remove the debris from destroyed buildings in a residential area in Ganja, Azerbaijan, near the border with Armenia, after shelling by Armenian forces that killed two people and wounded several others, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. Turkey's foreign ministry has condemned an attack on Ganja, Azerbaijan's second largest city and said the attack was proof of Armenia's disregard for law. (DHA via AP)

People remove the debris from destroyed buildings in a residential area in Ganja, Azerbaijan, near the border with Armenia, after shelling by Armenian forces that killed two people and wounded several others, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. Turkey’s foreign ministry has condemned an attack on Ganja, Azerbaijan’s second largest city and said the attack was proof of Armenia’s disregard for law. (DHA via AP)

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, left, and Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrive for a joint press conference after their talks in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Stoltenberg said the 30-country military alliance is "deeply concerned by the escalation of hostilities " between Azerbaijan and Armenia and he urged Turkey to help end the fighting. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, left, and Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrive for a joint press conference after their talks in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Stoltenberg said the 30-country military alliance is “deeply concerned by the escalation of hostilities ” between Azerbaijan and Armenia and he urged Turkey to help end the fighting. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

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