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Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict: Death toll rises in Nagorno-Karabakh

Fighting between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces in the Caucasus escalated on Monday, with fresh casualties reported in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. 

Azerbaijani forces launched a “massive offensive at the Karabakh frontline’s southern and north-eastern sectors,” Armenia’s Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan said on Monday evening.

Some 200 troops have been wounded, Armenian Defense Ministry said, but many were only slightly injured and have returned to action.

Officials in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh said that 26 more of their troops were killed on Monday evening, bringing the rebels’ total military casualties to 84.

The overall death toll has now reached 95, with 11 civilians killed since violence broke out on Sunday; nine in Azerbaijan and two on the Armenian side. 

The worst violence in the region since 2016 has raised the prospect of a new war in an area that has been simmering for decades.

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