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Azerbaijan reports death of 30 Armenian servicemen in Karabakh conflict zone

April 04, 15:01 UTC+3 BAKU
According to the defense ministry, three tanks and one artillery battery were destroyed during a counterattack in the Hojavend-Fizuli direction, up to 30 Armenian servicemen were killed
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BAKU, April 4. /TASS/. Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry on Monday reported that about 30 Armenian servicemen were killed in military actions in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

According to the ministry, three tanks and one artillery battery were destroyed during a counterattack in the Hojavend-Fizuli direction, up to 30 Armenian servicemen were killed. "Azerbaijan’s armed forces are in full control of the situation along the frontline," the ministry said.

The situation along the line of engagement of the conflicting parties in Nagorno-Karabakh deteriorated dramatically overnight to April 2. Following fierce armed clashes at the contact line, the parties to the conflict accused each other of violating truce.

The conflict between neighboring Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory that had been part of Azerbaijan before the Soviet Union break-up but was mainly populated by Armenians, broke out in the late 1980s.

In 1991-1994, the confrontation spilled over into large-scale military action for control over the enclave and some adjacent territories. Thousands left their homes on both sides in a conflict that killed 30,000. A truce was called between Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh republic on one side and Azerbaijan on the other in May 1994.

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