A view shows the aftermath of recent shelling in Stepanakert, Azerbaijan. File photo/Reuters
Gulf Today Report
The Nagorno-Karabakh region defence ministry said on Monday it had recorded another 44 casualties among its military, pushing its military death toll to 1,221 since fighting with Azeri forces erupted on September 27.
On Sunday, Azerbaijan has claimed that it has recaptured the symbolic town of Shusha, a claim denied by Armenian officials.
Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, in a televised address said that, “[This day] will become a great day in the history of Azerbaijan.”
President Aliyev’s announcement was greeted with celebrations on the streets of Baku as Azerbaijanis gathered to wave flags and sings.
More than 5,000 people have died since Azerbaijan launched an offensive in late September.
Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountain enclave, internationally recognised as Azerbaijani territory but under the de facto control of Armenians since a truce between the two former Soviet neighbours in 1994.
More than 5,000 people have died since Azerbaijan launched an offensive in late September. Fighting has surged to its worst level since the 1990s, when about 30,000 people were killed.
Sensitive to the threat of wider confrontation, Russia and Turkey are for now limiting involvement in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to providing humanitarian assistance and some military aid.
Ankara sees its strong backing for Azerbaijan over the fighting with ethnic Armenians in the mountain enclave as part of efforts to boost Turkey's international clout. Moscow is determined to defend its own interests in the South Caucasus.
The civilian death toll in the crackdown by the Myanmar junta has reached 550 since the Feb. 1 coup as security forces opened fire on pro-democracy protests on Saturday killing five people, a protester and media said.
The defence ministry of the Nagorno-Karabakh region said on Tuesday it had recorded another 35 casualties among its military, pushing its military death toll to 1,009 since fighting with Azeri forces erupted on Sept.27.
Witnessed by a large crowd of Emiratis and residents alike, the parade featured live military displays by various units of the Armed Forces and Presidential Guard.
The death toll from a massive explosion last week at a pesticide plant in eastern China rose to 78 on Monday, with 13 people listed as being critically injured, as the government again pledged stricter safely controls, state media reported.
The House members, largely left-leaning Democrats and led by Representative Andre Carson, noted that Shireen Abu Akleh held US citizenship and pointed to divergent accounts on how she died on May 11.
Israeli troops shot and killed a teenage Palestinian boy as clashes erupted when they entered a volatile town in the occupied West Bank early on Saturday, the Palestinian health ministry and local media said.
The ongoing COVID wave, declared last week, has fuelled concerns over a lack of vaccines, inadequate medical infrastructure and a potential food crisis in the country of 25 million, which has refused outside help and kept its borders shut.