Tbilisi: Armenian-controlled emergency relief forces in the enclave said on Friday that three residents of the largest city of Nagorno-Karabakh were killed by Azerbaijanis during the overnight bombing, along with the control of the main settlement The battle intensified in the area.
Azerbaijan denied reports of shelling in Stepanakert. Two independent observers said that the fighting appeared to be moving further into the area, and the Azerbaijani army intensified its attacks on its two largest cities.
In the nearly six weeks of fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), at least 1,000 people or more were killed. Nagorno-Karabakh is an internationally recognized mountain enclave in Azerbaijan that is inhabited and controlled by Armenians.
The conflict highlighted that Turkey is an ally of Azerbaijan, and under the influence of the former Soviet Union region that has long been ruled by Moscow, the region has reached a defense treaty with Armenia. It also threatens the safety of Azerbaijan’s oil and gas pipelines.
The Nagorno-Karabakh Emergency Rescue Agency stated that residential buildings and public infrastructure in Stepanakert have been targeted. It is said that the three were killed in the same house.
Reuters was unable to independently verify these reports. Three sources working in Stepanakert said that the city-known as Khankendi in Azerbaijan-came under heavy shelling on Thursday night.
The Emergency Rescue Agency said that Shushi, which is 15 kilometers (9 miles) to the south and the second largest city in the enclave, was also bombed overnight and several houses caught fire. This city is of strategic importance to both parties.
The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan said that its allegations of bombing civilian areas are “misinformation.”
Previously, it had accused Armenian-controlled forces of shelling cities under its control, including Tert and Barda, and Ganja, the second largest city in Azerbaijan. Dozens of people were killed in these attacks.
Thomas Dewar, an analyst at the Carnegie Foundation for International Peace and author of the 1990 Nagorno-Karabakh war book, said that the conflict seems to be developing towards a potentially bloody battle for Shushi, who is called Shushi by Azerbaijanis. Shusha.
“Shusha has great importance for Azerbaijanis, as a cultural and historical centre and the town where they had a majority population before the war,” de Waal told Reuters.
“That is almost certainly why their military operation was diverted from Lachin towards the city,” he said. “It has great importance for Armenians too: it sits above Stepanakert and is the site of Karabakh s cathedral.”