Azerbaijan Says Armenia Targets Cities Outside Conflict Zone

Armenia denies attacking major Azeri city

As fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan continues, the conflict appears to be centered on Nagorno-Karabakh, but the strikes involved are increasingly beyond that region, with Azerbaijan claiming sevearal of their own cities have been attacked by Armenia.

Artillery reportedly hit the major cities of Ganja and Mingachevir, each some 100 km away from the enclave the two sides are supposed to be fighting over. Armenia specifically denied the Minhachevir attacks, which happened late night Sunday.

Adding to the risk of Turkey getting involved, officials issued a statement condemning the attack on Ganja and reiterating that it backs the UN borders, in which Nagorno-Karabakh is under Azeri control.

Within Nagorno-Karabakh, the casualties are said to be overwhelmingly combatants, while the strikes elsewhere are leading to reports of civilian casualties. The strikes outside the conflict zone risk turning the fight more regional than it already is.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.