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Armenia says Azerbaijan fired 240 shells at Nagorno-Karabakh

April 28, 2016, 10:01 UTC+3 YEREVAN

Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry has in its turn accused Armenia of ceasefire violations

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YEREVAN, April 28. /TASS/. Armenia’s Defense Ministry says Azerbaijan’s forces fired more than 240 shells at the Nagorno-Karabakh positions and also shelled the state border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

"Overnight to April 28 Azerbaijan’s Armed Forces continued the intensive shelling of positions of Nagorno-Karabakh forces," the ministry said. The shells were fired from tanks, mortars, guns of different caliber, multiple artillery rockets systems and Grad multiple rocket launchers.

According to the ministry, the Azerbaijani side also shelled the state border between Armenia and Azerbaijan 23 times from small arms and sniper weapons.

Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday Armenia’s forces continued shelling Azerbaijan’s settlements. Over the past 24 hours, Armenia’s military units violated the ceasefire 117 times along the front line using mortars, large-caliber machine guns and artillery mounts, it said. Azerbaijan’s forces retaliated with 121 fire strikes on the Armenian positions.

The situation along the contact line of conflicting sides in Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory between Armenia and Azerbaijan, deteriorated dramatically overnight to April 2 when fierce clashes began. The parties to the conflict accused each other of violating the truce. At a meeting of chiefs of General Staff of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Moscow an agreement was reached on the ceasefire from noon local time (0800GMT) on April 5. Since then, the sides have reported ceasefire violations along the contact line.

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