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Al Jazeera 4 Oct 2020

Armenia, Azerbaijan blame each other for civilian casualties

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Russia is calling for an immediate ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh and says Moscow is ready to help seek a solution to the conflict via the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
Azerbaijan and Armenia are accusing each other of targeting civilians.
At least 10 people have died in bombings on Stepanakert and Shushi.
Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith reports from the disputed region's biggest city, which has been under sustained bombardment from Azeri forces.


A Russian-brokered ceasefire in the disputed Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh is coming under severe strain. Azerbaijan claims overnight shelling by Armenian forces has killed seven people in its second biggest city, Ganja. Officials say strikes targeted an apartment building. The two former Soviet republics are blaming each other for breaking the armistice in the long-running conflict. But even with hopes for a lasting truce dwindling, a pause in the fighting has given civilians there a chance to return home.
A third attempted truce in Nagorno-Karabakh, this time brokered by the United States, has ended in failure after Armenia and Azerbaijan both accused each other of violating the ceasefire. FRANCE 24's international affairs editor Armen Georgian says the US, which has a sizeable Armenian diaspora, has taken an increasing interest in the conflict as its presidential election draws close.
Despite a second attempt at a cease-fire, #Armenia and #Azerbaijan traded accusations Sunday of violating the new truce in their destructive conflict over the separatist region of Nagorno-#Karabakh. FRANCE 24's Chief Foreign editor Robert Parsons explains.
Azerbaijan and Armenia have accused each other of violating the terms of a ceasefire in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, raising questions about how meaningful the truce, brokered by Russia on Friday, would turn out to be.
Within minutes of the truce taking effect from midday on Saturday (08:00 GMT), both sides accused each other of breaking it.
For the past two weeks, both countries have been fighting over the disputed region, the truce allows them to exchange prisoners and recover bodies.

Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith reports from Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh.

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