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BBC News 16 Nov 2020

Nagorno-Karabakh: One family's tragedy

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A deal to end six weeks of war between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the breakaway territory of Nagorno-Karabakh came into effect this week - but families on both sides are still counting the cost of the fighting.

Mehdi Mammadov was an Azerbaijani soldier. Even as his family grieved his death they were about to lose another loved one, in the wake of a secret relationship.


Azerbaijan has accused Armenian forces of shelling its second city of Ganja, killing at least one civilian and injuring others. It's the latest escalation between the two former Soviet republics, over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is officially part of Azerbaijan but run by ethnic Armenians. Armenia has denied the attack on Ganja. But the leader of Nagorno-Karabakh says his forces hit the city's military airbase in retaliation.
The latest attempt to end fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan appears to be faltering just hours after it began.
Both sides are accusing each other of violating a truce established after an earlier Russian-mediated ceasefire collapsed.
The truce was established a day after the Azeris said 13 people were killed in a missile attack in the city of Ganja.
More than 700 people are estimated to have died so far in the fighting in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid reports from Ganja, where she met some residents who have lost loved ones and want to keep up the fight.
Armenia and Azerbaijan both want Nagorno-Karabakh badly enough that they're prepared to go to war over it.
It's one of the world's oldest conflicts.
So why are they still fighting?
And why are other countries getting involved?
Nagorno-Karabakh's main city of Stepanakert has been under near-constant shelling for weeks and unexploded shells, rockets and bombs remain a hazard, even when the attacks have stopped.
Al Jazeera's Rory Challands, reporting from Stepanakert, examines the dangers and the steps one charity is taking to deal with the lethal refuse.

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