Armenia missile attack killed 19, says Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan on Wednesday accused Armenia of a missile strike on a village in its Barda region near the frontline with Nagorno Karabakh that killed 19 people.
Armenia denied carrying out an attack. On Facebook Armenian defence ministry spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan said that “the statement of the ministry of defence of Azerbaijan that the Armed Forces of Armenia allegedly hit the town of Barda with Smerch is groundless and false.”
The worst fighting in the South Caucasus for nearly 30 years has raised fears of a wider war that could suck in Russia and Turkey, an ally of Azerbaijan. It also poses a threat to pipelines carrying oil and gas from Azerbaijan to world markets.
More than 100 civilians from both sides have been killed since fresh clashes erupted on September 27 between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces in their decades-long conflict for control of Nagorno-Karabakh.
The latest of three ceasefires was brokered in Washington on Sunday. US President Donald Trump called the renewed fighting “disappointing” and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged both sides to pursue a diplomatic solution.
In a media report US Secretary of State Pompeo pressed the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to cease hostilities and pursue a diplomatic solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.