Mortar Shells from Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Hit Northeastern Iran

UN: 33 dead, over 200 injured in fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh region

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – At least 33 people were killed and more than 200 injured between April 2-3 as a result of violence escalation in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, which lies inside Azerbaijan, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a report on Monday.

The fighting mostly took place near the settlements of Agder, Martuni and Hadrut, home to a total of 14,400 people.

“Official sources from Armenia and Azerbaijan state that at least 30 soldiers and 3 civilians have died as a result of the fighting. The number of injured persons, both civilian and military, is yet to be confirmed by official sources. Unofficial sources estimated this number to be more than 200,” the report said, according to Sputnik News.

On April 2, Armenia and Azerbaijan noted a sharp escalation of the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, with both sides accusing each other of violating the ceasefire that has been in place since 1994.

The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh began in 1988, when the Armenian-dominated autonomous region sought to secede from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, before proclaiming independence after the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991. In September 2015, the conflict escalated, with the sides blaming each other for violating the truce.

By Tasnim News Agency