Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused each other of violating overnight ceasefire in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Details: A spokesman for the Armenian Defense Ministry said that last Saturday Azerbaijan was “violating humanitarian ceasefire” by firing artillery and rockets. A few hours later, the Azeri defense ministry said Armenia fired “mortars and artillery” around “the city of Jabrail, as well as the villages of this region,” every Reuters.
The big picture: Hundreds of soldiers and dozens of civilians have been killed since the fighting began in late September.
- Recent violence has been the region̵7;s worst sight in years, and began with coordinated air and missile attacks last month from Azerbaijan, claiming that Armenian forces were preparing for an attack (that was denied by Armenia).
The backstory: Nagorno-Karabakh is a mountainous region with nearly 150,000 people led by ethnic Armenians but located within the borders of Azerbaijan.
- Both countries have claimed territory since the fall of the Soviet Union, fought against it from 1992-1994, and have stood on the brink of further conflict ever since.
- Past clashes, though numerous, have left sleep generally unchanged. So is the peace process monitored by the US, France and Russia.
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Editor’s note: This article has been updated with speaker comments.