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Ceasefire violations reported on both sides of Karabakh conflict

May 13, 2016, 10:52 UTC+3 YEREVAN

The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry has reported 112 ceasefire violations, while the Armenian Defense Ministry has reported night shelling of the north-eastern part of Armenia’s state border

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YEREVAN, May 13. /TASS/. The defense ministries of Armenia and Azerbaijan have reported ceasefire violations in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.

The Armenian Defense Ministry has reported night shelling of the north-eastern part of Armenia’s state border.

"Overnight to May 13, the enemy continued to shell, mostly chaotically, the positions of the Armenian army on the north-eastern part of the state border from firearms and sniper weapons," the defense ministry said. "Armenian Armed Forces control the situation on the border and confidently fulfill the tasks," the ministry added.

According to the Armenian side, Azerbaijani forces "continued to violate the ceasefire regime" in Nagorno-Karabakh "by using firearms of different caliber, mortars of 60mm, 82mm and 120mm caliber, rocket launchers."

The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry has reported 112 ceasefire violations over the past 24 hours.

According to the defense ministry, the Armenian army shelled the positions of the Azerbaijani army in settlements and at heights along the border between the two countries and in areas adjacent to Nagorno-Karabakh.

"In accordance with the operational situation, Azerbaijani Armed Forces delivered 115 fire strikes at the positions and tranches of the enemy," the ministry added.

On Saturday, April 2, the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh rapidly deteriorated when the parties to the Karabakh conflict accused each other of violating truce along the front line. The claims came from defense authorities of Armenia and of Azerbaijan.

On April 5 Azerbaijan’s Chief of Staff Col. Gen. Nadjmeddin Sadykov and his Armenian counterpart Col. Gen. Yury Khachaturov in Moscow with Russia’s mediation. At the talks the sides reached an agreement on cessation of hostilities at the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces. On the same day, the defense ministries of the two countries announced that the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh would start at 12am local time.

Though the ceasefire mostly holds, both sides continue to report occasional violations of ceasefire on the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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