Dozens dead as clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan continue | World news

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At least 24 people have died in the clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan, as the latest violence in the decades-long territorial conflict sparked international calls to end the fighting.The fighting that erupted over the weekend in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh continued Monday morning, according to Reuters, with the deployment of heavy artillery on both sides.

Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognized as Azerbaijani territory but split up in 1991 and is ruled by ethnic Armenians.

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The Armenian Defense Ministry reported fighting throughout Sunday night, while the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said Armenian forces were bombing the town of Terter.

The worst skirmishes since 2016 have raised the specter of a new war between former Soviet rivals, locked since the early 1990s in a stalemate over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh backed by Armenia.

Seventeen Armenian separatist fighters were killed and more than 100 wounded in the fighting, Karabakh President Arayik Harutyunyan said on Sunday, acknowledging that his forces had “lost their positions”. Both sides also reported civilian casualties.

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