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At Least Three People Killed During Shelling of Disputed Nagorno-Karabakh Region

The intensifying fight in the contested region of Nagorno-Karabakh killed at least three civilians on Friday as the Azerbaijani forces escalate their attempt to regain control over the separatist sector, the territory’s de facto authorities said.

The intensifying fight in the contested region of Nagorno-Karabakh killed at least three civilians on Friday as the Azerbaijani forces escalate their attempt to regain control over the separatist sector, the territory’s de facto authorities said.

According to the Nagorno-Karabakh authorities, the latest shelling of the Azerbaijani army was concentrated on Nagorno-Karabakh’s largest city, Stepanakert, as well as the strategic mountain fortress city of Shushi.

“As a result of rocket fire, several residential houses were burned in Shushi. There is also destruction in the capital (Stepanakert). Rescue services are working on the spots,” Nagorno-Karabakh’s de facto Emergency Service said on Friday.

Stepanakert’s Armenian Service correspondent said that at least three civilians were killed during the attack in the city, including a woman and her two grandchildren.

Meanwhile, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry accused the ethnic Armenian forces of targeting the town of Tartar and nearby villages early on Friday.

Both sides denied targeting civilian areas during their ongoing fight.

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which already reached its sixth week, is showing poor signs of mitigation after three unsuccessful ceasefire agreements.

Nagorno-Karabakh belongs to the territory of Azerbaijan. However, the ethnic Armenian forces that make up most of the region’s population rejected the rule of the Azerbaijan government.

The series of fighting which started in late September has already left at least some 1,000 individuals dead, marking the worst escalation of the decades-old conflict between the two former Soviet nations since 1994.

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