Armenia, Azerbaijan blame each other for truce violations
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.
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. 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. 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. #Armenia and #Azerbaijan accused each other on Monday of attacking civilian areas on a ninth day of fighting, the deadliest in the South #Caucasus region for more than 25 years. FRANCE 24's Catherine Norris Trent tells us more.