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  • Capital: Baku
  • Major Languages: Azerbaijani
  • Currency: Manat
  • Timezone: GMT +5:00

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Map of Azerbaijan

There are historical tensions with neighbouring Armenia which date back to their separate proclamations of independence in 1918. The two sides were involved in an intense armed conflict between 1988 and 1994 over the still disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, a territory which continues to be a major source of contention. In September 2020, heavy fighting broke out in the disputed enclave, leading to the biggest flare-up in military tensions in the region since 1994. After six weeks of deadly clashes and three failed ceasefires, a Russia-brokered peace deal was signed, which saw both sides agree to end military conflict in the region. All non-essential travel to Nagorno-Karabakh and travel to the region and the military occupied area surrounding it should be avoided where possible.

There is a high risk of civil unrest in Azerbaijan, and many incidents result in clashes with security forces. Widespread anti-government protests erupted in March 2011, inspired by the Arab Spring movement in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The dissenters in the country, many of whom are associated with the Popular Front Party, have accused President Ilham Aliyev of corruption and political oppression. The government has responded to the protests by arresting hundreds of people, including a large number of journalists.  Renewed protests erupted in early 2016 over rising food prices and worsening economic conditions, sparked by the fall in the price of oil.

Terrorism poses a general threat in Azerbaijan, particularly from regional Islamic militant groups who operate throughout the North Caucasus region. There have been several small incidents in recent years, while a number of people have also been charged with planning terrorist attacks. In 2007 the government claimed it had thwarted an attack on the US embassy in Baku, while ahead of the Eurovision song contest in 2012 some 40 suspects were seized along with a large cache of weapons and explosives. Targets for the attack included the Marriott and Hilton hotels in the capital. In March 2012 a group of 22 Azerbaijani citizens were arrested and accused of being hired by Iran to carry out attacks against US and Israeli targets in the country. A number of Azerbaijani nationals have also travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight for the Islamic State (IS) militant groups, with several people jailed for joining the group.

Corruption is endemic in Azerbaijan and the country is consistently among the lowest scoring in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). Police officers regularly stop individuals and ask to see identification; failure to comply may result in detention and in some cases solicitations for bribes. There have also been reports of Western nationals being held on false charges and forced to pay bribes. Crime rates in the country are moderate and foreign nationals are most likely to be victims of petty street crime while in the country. This is especially the case in Baku where pickpockets are known to operate. Extra vigilance is advice around public transport hubs and in areas popular with tourists, such as Fountain Square and Maiden’s Tower. In May 2016 a prominent investigative journalist, Khadija Ismayilova, was released after being detained on corruption charges for nearly two years. The arrest sparked criticism, with activists claiming she was jailed after she exposed government corruption. Azerbaijan is ranked by the Reporters Without Borders in the bottom 15 countries for having the most repressive press legislation in the world.

Crime rates in the country are moderate and foreign nationals are most likely to be victims of petty street crime while in the country. This is especially the case in Baku where pickpockets are known to operate. Extra vigilance is advice around public transport hubs and in areas popular with tourists, such as Fountain Square and Maiden’s Tower.

Azerbaijan is among a number of countries worldwide which have been badly hit by the global outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus. The latest case figures can be viewed here.

News articles

By Al Jazeera

2 Azerbaijani journalists killed in landmine explosion

A landmine explosion in Azerbaijan’s Kalbajar region, west of Nagorno-Karabakh, has killed two Azerbaijani journalists and an official, authorities said.

Four others were injured in Friday’s incident, which saw an anti-tank mine blow up a truck at about 11am local time (07:00GMT), Azerbaijan’s interior ministry and the office of the prosecutor general said in a statement.

The three victims were identified as local official Arif Aliyev, Maharram Ibrahimov, a reporter working for state news agency AzerTag, and Siraj Abishov, a journalist with the state-run AzTV station.

The blast came amid a border dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which fought a six-week war over the Nagorno-Karabakh region last year.

Jeyhun Bayramov, Azerbaijan’s foreign minister, said he was “deeply saddened” as he called on Armenia to hand over maps locating mined areas.

The Azerbaijani government has repeatedly accused Armenia of refusing to submit such maps.

“Every day they continue to refuse this request, more lives are endangered!” Bayramov tweeted.

Similarly, Arif Aliyev, head of the Yeni Nesil (New Generation) Journalists Union, said the reporters should have had access to maps of mined areas.

“I am blaming the international community and organisations,” Aliyev said. “Months have already passed and we still cannot get maps of mined areas.”

Kalbajar is one of the regions that was handed back to Azerbaijan after last year’s conflict.

Elchin Shikhly, head of the Azerbaijani Journalists Union, accused the Armenian state of “violating international law”.

“The mines have been planted recently in that area of Kalbajar,” Shikhly told Al Jazeera.

“This means that Armenia is engaged in terrorism and sabotage at the state level. The international community must urgently react to this issue.”

At the time of publishing, Armenian officials had not offered any comment on the explosion.

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Alerts for Azerbaijan

Armenian troops killed in border clash

A number of Armenian troops have reportedly been killed and captured amid a recent flare-up in violence along the border with Azerbaijan. Recent reports indicate as many as 15 Armenian soldiers have been killed, while two combat positions have been lost. Azerbaijan has reported that two soldiers have been injured. Both sides have since agreed to a Russian-brokered ceasefire. Armenia blamed Azerbaijan for the latest outbreak of violence and claimed 12 soldiers had been captured. 

Clashes erupt at Armenian border

Clashes have reportedly erupted at the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. Yerevan has reported an unspecified number of fatalities, following an alleged battle along the shared border. Both sides have traded accusations on Tuesday - the spat comes almost a year after a deadly six-week war broke out over the contested Nagorno Karabakh territory. Azerbaijan’s defence ministry has issued a statement claiming that “Armenian troops attacked Azerbaijani positions in the districts of Kelbajar and Lachin”, adding that two Azerbaijani troops were allegedly wounded in the clashes.


Nagorno-Karabakh still laced with mines

The disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region dividing Armenia and Azerbaijan is still laced with explosives and mines according to a recent report. Several people have died and others have been injured in accidents involving buried land mines and unexploded weaponry. De-mining agencies estimate it could take up to 10 years to fully clear the area and blame the persevering issue on a lack of resources and coordination. 

Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of ethnic hatred

Armenia has accused Azerbaijan of ethnic hatred at a UN court. Azerbaijan has denied the allegations, which were made at the UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) and responded to the claims by in turn accusing Armenia of 'decades-long ethnic cleansing'. Armenia has claimed that Azerbaijan promotes ethnic hatred against Armenians and asked ICJ judges to intervene. The accusations come as part of a case Armenia has filed with the ICJ against Azerbaijan for allegedly violating the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, to which both states are signatories.

Azerbaijan and Iran agree to mend diplomatic crisis

Azerbaijan and Iran announced on Wednesday (13 October) an agreement to resolve the ongoing diplomatic crisis between the two countries through dialogue. This agreement comes weeks after accusations that Israel’s military was active in Azerbaijan soured relations and Iran vowed to take necessary action, staging military operations near their border with Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry said “the sides noted that recent rhetoric has harmed bilateral relations and that any differences should be settled through dialogue.”

Iran conducts military drills near Azerbaijan border

Iran has conducted military drills near the border with Azerbaijan. Tanks, helicopters and soldiers were deployed to the north-west of the country, where long-range drone tests were carried out. The drills are being conducted amid tensions between the two countries over Azerbaijan's close military ties with Israel. “Every country can carry out any military drill on its own territory. It’s their sovereign right. But why now, and why on our border?” said Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev earlier this week.

Landmine kills one in Gazakh

A landmine has reportedly been triggered in the Gazakh district, killing one civilian. The fatal explosion allegedly occurred in the Bala Ceferli area of Ganja-Dashkan in Azerbaijan on Tuesday afternoon, at around 13:00 local time. According to local reports, the mine is believed to have been a piece of unexploded ordnance, which was accidentally triggered as the victim passed by.

Armenian soldier shot dead in alleged cross-border clash

An Armenian soldier has allegedly been shot dead in the Yerashk area following an incident on Monday. Armenian officials claim the soldier was killed by firing from the Azerbaijani soldiers in a cross-border encounter near Nakhichevan. It's also been claimed the firing incident occurred as the Azerbaijani troops attempted to advance into Armenian territory, but were pushed back. Azerbaijani officials have not responded to the claims.

Cross-border firing reported

Cross-border firing has allegedly been reported between Armenia and Azerbaijan. It's claimed a recent incident saw Armenian troops fire on Azerbaijani military positions near Yellija, in the Kalbajar district. Azerbaijani officials have claimed that the firing incident took place on Thursday afternoon, shortly before 15:00 local time, with Armenian soldiers firing from their positions in the Norabak area of Gegharkunik. No casualties have been reported. Armenia has yet to respond to the latest claims.

Three Armenian soldiers killed in cross-border clashes

Three Armenian soldiers have allegedly been killed and two others have also been wounded following an apparent cross-border clash with Azerbaijan. Armenian military officials claim the skirmish occurred on Wednesday morning at around 08:30 local time between the Verin Shorzha and Sotk areas. It's alleged the Azerbaijani forces had been carrying out military operations in the area when the shootout broke out. Following the incident, it's understood that Russian intermediaries have helped de-escalate border tensions, with a reinforced ceasefire now in effect.

Baku claims Armenian ceasefire violation

Azerbaijan has alleged that the Armenian security forces have violated the ceasefire in the Tovuz region. It's claimed the Armenian troops supposedly fired in the direction of Qaralar from positions across the border in Armenian's Tavush region. The alleged incident apparently occurred on Wednesday afternoon. No casualties have been reported and Armenia has yet to respond to the claims.

Mud volcano triggers blast in oil and gas fields

A mud volcano eruption has triggered a huge blast in the Caspian Sea, off Azerbaijan. The blast occurred in an area full of oil and gas fields on Sunday and was caused by a mud volcano - often formed underground by water, minerals and flammable gases. Mud volcanos often ignite when they erupt. No casualties were incurred during the incident and no oil farms were damaged. The blast took place about 10km (six miles) from the Umid gas field, which is 75km (45 miles) off the coast of Baku.

LGBT ads banned at Euro 2020 matches

Rainbow-coloured LGBT ads have been banned from being displayed during Euro 2020 matches being held in Azerbaijan. UEFA sponsors such as Volkswagen have been barred from using the LGBT rainbow flag colours on billboards in Baku as well as in St Petersburg, Russia, due to local laws. The move from UEFA comes amid renewed debate in Europe over anti-gay laws and has prompted further outcry from the LGBT community following UEFA's recent refusal to light Germany's Allianz Arena in rainbow colours during a group-stage match against Hungary - where a controversial anti-gay law has recently sparked protests.

Deadly stabbing reported in Kurdamir

A deadly stabbing incident has reportedly left at least one person dead in the Kurdamir district. According to reports, the incident occurred on Tuesday in an unspecified part of the district capital of Kurdamir city. Police have confirmed the incident and are understood to have made at least one arrest in connection with the killing. Further details regarding the circumstances around the stabbing have yet to be determined as investigations continue.

Journalists among three killed in landmine blast

Two Azerbaijani journalists and a local official have been killed, while four others have been wounded, in a landmine explosion in the Kalbajar region. The blast came from an anti-tank mine which hit a truck at around 11:00 local time on Friday morning. Local official Arif Aliyev has been confirmed dead, while the two journalists have been identified as Maharram Ibrahimov and Siraj Abishov. Ibrahimov worked as a reporter for state news agency AzerTag while Abishov was a journalist with state-run AzTV news channel. The blast has come as tensions between Azerbaijan and neighbouring Armenia remain high in bordering regions, particularly in regards to unmapped landmines. The incident has prompted Azerbaijan's foreign minister to reiterate calls for Armenia to share maps locating mined areas.

Six Armenian troops captured along border

Six Armenian troops have reportedly been captured by the Azerbaijani forces along the border. Both sides have confirmed the incident in the Kalbajar region, with Armenian authorities claiming the six troops were undertaking engineering work, while Azerbaijan has claimed the troops were arrested after being caught attempting to plant landmines along supply routes near Azerbaijani army positions. The foreign ministry in Baku stated that two "sabotage" groups of Armenian soldiers had been detected near the village of Yukhari Ayrim in Azeri-held Kalbajar. While one group was detained, the others reportedly managed to escape. Armenian's defence ministry claims its soldiers had not crossed the border into Azeri-territory before they were captured. The incident is the latest development in continuing tensions since war erupted in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region last year.

Russia offers to aid border demarcation

Russia has offered to aid border demarcation efforts between Armenia and Azerbaijan following a recent flare-up in tensions over an alleged border incursion. The offer to mediate demarcation negotiations comes after Armenia accused Azerbaijani troops of crossing the border into Armenian territory last week. Moscow is understood to have proposed establishing a joint Armenian-Azeri commission, with Russia's potential participation as a mediator.

Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of new territorial 'infiltration'

Armenia has accused Azerbaijan of a new territorial 'infiltration'. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan accused the Azerbaijani troops of crossing the southern border, advancing three kilometres into Armenia and attempting to claim territory in a new escalation of tensions. Azerbaijan has responded by dismissing the allegation, claiming it was enforcing the border and remains committed to de-escalating regional tensions. The latest developments follow last year's major flare-up in tensions over disputed claims to the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which led to weeks of deadly armed conflict between the two neighbouring countries. It's claimed the Armenian troops prevented Azerbaijan's advance by responding with "appropriate tactical manoeuvres", with Pashinyan calling for the latest tensions to be settled through negotiations.

Four security personnel injured in Terter mine blast

Four Azerbaijan security personnel have reportedly been killed in a recent mine blast in the Terter region of Nagorno-Karabakh - where heavy fighting took place between the Azerbaijani and Armenian armed forces last year. According to reports, the explosion occurred on Tuesday and has been confirmed by Azerbaijani government officials. The mine is most likely to be unexploded ordnance which was planted by Armenian troops during the recent war which fought in the area.

Two rescued in Khirdalan explosion

Two people have been rescued after an explosion occurred in Khirdalan, Absheron Rayon. The blast happened on Monday evening at a private residential property in the 27th quarter. The pair reportedly became trapped under rubble and debris following the explosion - the cause of which has yet to be determined as investigations get underway.

Prisoner released by Armenia claims torture

An Azerbaijani prisoner who was held by Armenian authorities has been released and made allegations of having been tortured. Dilgam Asgarov, released from Armenian captivity after six years as part of a ceasefire deal, claims guards broke his fingers and electrocuted him. Asgarov was released as part of the Russia-brokered peace deal between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which ended six weeks of heavy fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region last year.

Azerbaijan claims soldier killed in Armenian attack

Azerbaijan's defence ministry said a soldier has been killed and another wounded in an ambush in Khojavend. The ministry said its units came under fire from "an illegal Armenian armed group" in the Khojavend region. Another soldier was reportedly wounded in the incident, which occurred on Sunday. The defence ministry vowed to take “decisive measures” if repeat attacks were carried out by Armenian troops. Armenia has not commented on the allegations.

Armenia claims dozens of soldiers captured in Azerbaijani raid

Dozens of Armenia soldiers have allegedly been captured by Azerbaijani forces in Armenian-controlled Nagorno-Karabakh. According reports from the BBC, Armenians have launched protests after reports emerged of as many as100 soldiers being seized in a raid by Azerbaijani forces. On Tuesday, Nagorno-Karabakh's defence ministry apparently reported that contact had been lost with a number of military posts in the area. Azerbaijan has confirmed it carried out "anti-terror" operation in an area recaptured during the recent six-week war which broke out in the disputed region. 

Prisoner swap held with Armenia

A prisoner swap has been held between neighbouring Armenia and Azerbaijan. The exchange reportedly took place on Monday 14 December as part of a ceasefire deal agreed between the two sides last month, which ended six weeks of heavy fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory. According to reports, 12 Azerbaijani prisoners were handed back to Azerbaijan from Armenia, in exchange for 22 Armenian prisoners being handed back to Armenia from Azerbaijan. The prisoner swap has come despite recent reports of ceasefire violations in the region.

Soldiers arrested on suspicion of war crimes

Four Azerbaijani servicemen have reportedly been arrested on suspicion of committing alleged war crimes during the recent conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. The soldiers are accused of defiling Armenian bodies, inhumanely mistreating Armenian troops, and vandalising gravestones belonging to Armenians. The arrests come four weeks after Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a peace deal ending six weeks of heavy fighting in the disputed region, which left some 5,600 dead on both sides, including scores of civilians.

Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire breached

The ceasefire agreed as part of a peace deal between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region has reportedly been breached. Conflict has allegedly flared in the region following reports of four Azerbaijani soldiers being killed amid clashes which allegedly broke out when their units were attacked in areas adjacent to the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The reports come a month after a peace deal ended six weeks of heavy fighting in the territory. Both sides are accusing the other of violating the terms of the November peace deal, with Armenia claiming six of its own troops were also wounded in what it described as an Azerbaijan military offensive. The Armenian army has also reported attacks from Azerbaijan on two villages under the control of Nagorno-Karabakh forces in the Hadrut region. A spokesman for the Russian peacekeeping forces confirmed “exchanges of fire with automatic weapons” and that a request to respect to ceasefire had been sent to both sides.

Military parade held to celebrate Nagorno-Karabakh victory

A military parade has been held in Azerbaijan to celebrate the country's victory in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. More than 3,000 soldiers have taken part in the parade in Baku, celebrating the peace deal with Armenia which saw Azerbaijan reclaim much of the breakaway region along with surrounding areas. The peace deal was agreed last month and brought an end to six weeks of heavy fighting in the region. While the deal has been seen as a big victory in Azerbaijan, it has triggered mass unrest in Armenia, where opposition leaders are calling for the prime minister's resignation over the deal. According to reports, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the military parade in Baku, having strongly backed Azerbaijan during the conflict.

Mine blast hits four civilians in Fizuli

A mine blast has reportedly hit four civilians in the Fizuli region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Local reports claim that the Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office has confirmed the incident, stating that four civilians were killed after accidentally triggering a mine explosion in the village of Ashaghi Seyidahmadli. The mine is presumed to be leftover ordinance from recent heavy fighting which broke out over the region between Azerbaijan and neighbouring Armenia.

Protesters congregate outside French embassy

A group of protesters have congregated outside the French embassy building in Baky. The demonstration has taken place on Thursday and has been organised by non-governmental organisations in coordination with local residents to protest against the French senate resolution on the recognition of independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The Azerbaijani parliament has adopted a statement opposing the French document, which urges Baku to recognise the independence of the disputed region.

Baku to probe war crimes

Baku is to launch investigations into alleged war crimes by both Azerbaijan and Armenia during a recent flare up in fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. During six weeks of fighting, both Azerbaijani and Armenian soldiers were accused of executions and defiling soldiers' bodies. Azerbaijan has also initiated 73 criminal cases of Armenian forces shelling civilian targets in Azerbaijan, which allegedly claimed the lives of 94 civilians. Four ethnic Armenian leaders, including the president of the unrecognic Nagorno-Karabakh republic Arayik Harutyunyan, have been charged with war crimes in absentia.

Army enters Kalbajar following Nagorno-Karabakh truce

Azerbaijan's army has entered Kalbajar, which has recently been returned by Armenia as part of the peace deal agreed to end fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region and surrounding areas. Kalbajar was originally due to be handed over on 15 November, but Azerbaijan agreed to issue a 10-day extension period following a request from Armenia, citing humanitarian concerns over the wellbeing of ethnic Armenians attempting to vacate the area due to worsening weather conditions, limited road infrastructure, and mountainous terrain.

Military enters Nagorno-Karabakh district

Azerbaijan's military has entered one of three districts Armenia agreed to return in the contested region of Nagorno-Karabakh as part of the recently agreed peace deal which ended six weeks of heavy fighting. “Units of the Azerbaijan Army entered the Aghdam region on November 20,” Azerbaijan’s defence ministry said of the district, which was occupied by Armenian separatists for nearly 30 years. According to reports, Armenian soldiers were seen in Aghdam destroying buildings of their headquarters the day before the handover, while ethnic Armenian residents reportedly set their homes on fire before fleeing the area.

Protest held against Russian presence in Nagorno-Karabakh

A protest has been held in Baku over the presence of Russian peacekeeping troops in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The demonstration took place on Thursday, with protesters supporting the deployment of Turkish peacekeeping troops to the region over Russian troops, which they demand be withdrawn. Some 2,000 Russian troops have been deployed to the region in accordance with the recently agreed peace deal, which invisions a Russian peacekeeping presence in the area for at least five years.

Armenia-Azerbaijan exchange bodies

Armenia and Azerbaijan have exchanged the bodies of fallen troops following the latest ceasefire. The bodies of 200 soldiers who were killed amid heavy fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region have been exchanged in the presence of Russian peacekeeping troops, according to the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross. More than a thousand people are estimated to have been killed in the six-week flare-up between the two neighbouring countries, including dozens of civilians from both sides.

Fizuli landmine blast kills one

A landmine blast has reportedly killed one person and injured another in the Fizuli district of Azerbaijan. The incident occurred over the weekend, causing tensions between Azerbaijan and neighbouring Armenia, as Azerbaijan allegedly held the Armenian forces responsibility for the deadly explosion, claiming they mined the area during heavy fighting over recent weeks. So far, an estimated 94 Azerbaijani civilian casualties have been reported as a result of the clash over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Armenian pullout deadline for Kalbajar extended

Azerbaijan has agreed to extend the deadline for the Armenian withdrawal from the Kalbajar district, adjacent to the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. As Azerbaijan prepares to formally take the area over, in accordance with the recently agreed peace deal, large numbers of ethnic Armenians have been fleeing the area ahead of the official withdrawal date last weekend; however, on Sunday, Azerbaijan agreed to extend the deadline for Armenians to peacefully vacate by another 10 days - giving them until 25 November. The decision to extend the deadline was reportedly made on humanitarian grounds, considering harsh weather conditions and limited road infrastructure.

Ethnic Armenian villagers burn houses in Nagorno-Karabakh

Ethnic Armenian villagers in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region have reportedly burnt down their houses ahead of the first land handover to Azerbaijan. The handover took place on Sunday and was the first in accordance with the recently agreed peace deal, which ended six weeks of intense fighting in the region. The villagers in Charektar allegedly set fire to their properties before fleeing to Armenia. The burning of houses came as Azerbaijan and Armenia exchanged the bodies of soldiers who died in the clashes around the city of Shusha. Armenia claims a total military death toll of 2,317, while Azerbaijan has not disclosed its military casualties.

Russian peacekeepers deployed to Nagorno-Karabakh

Russian peacekeeping forces have been deployed to the Nagorno-Karabakh region to take control of the Lachin corridor between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The deployment of peacekeepers to the region comes as part of a Russian-brokered peace deal between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which have been clashing over the region in recent weeks. On Wednesday, the Russian Ministry of Defence released footage of Russian peacekeepers and military vehicles at Erebuni airport in Armenia, where Moscow has a military base. 

Azerbaijan admits shooting down Russian helicopter

Azerbaijan has admitted to mistakenly shooting down a Russian helicopter over Armenia, killing two crew members and injuring a third. Russia reported the incident on Monday evening, saying a Mi-24 military helicopter had been shot down near the Nakhchivan section of the Armenia-Azerbaijan state border, after being hit by a missile whilst accompanying a column of Russian troops in Armenia, where Russia has a military base. The helicopter lost control and crashed in a mountainous area near the Armenian town of Yeraskh. Baku has apologised for the incident and has also offered to pay compensation, while an investigation into the incident is also being carried out. 

Nagorno-Karabakh peace deal signed

A peace deal has been signed by Armenia and Azerbaijan, as both sides agree to end military conflict over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. The Russia-brokered agreement comes after six weeks of heavy fighting in the region. In that time, a number of ceasefire agreements have failed. Under the new deal, Azerbaijan will hold on to areas of Nagorno-Karabakh that it has taken during the conflict. Armenia has also agreed to withdraw from several other adjacent areas over the next few weeks. Russian peacekeepers will also be deployed to patrol frontlines, while the agreement also includes an exchange of war prisoners. 

Azerbaijan claims victory in Shusha

Azerbaijani has claimed victory in the strategic city of Shusha (aka Shushi) in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. However, Armenia has denied that ethnic Armenian forces had lost control of the city and said that heavy fighting continues in Shusha. Armenia's rebuttal comes a day after Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev announced troops had 'liberated' Shusha, which is bordered by sheer cliffs and sits on a mountain top overlooking Nagorno-Karabakh’s main city, Stepanakert - making it strategically important as a potential staging post for an Azerbaijani assault on Stepanakert. Since fighting broke out in late September, Azerbaijan is estimated to have retaken much of the land in and around the disputed region which it lost in a war in the 1990s. Several thousand have been killed in the latest flare-up so far and three ceasefires have failed in the last six weeks.

Azerbaijan forces claim capture of key town

Azerbaijan has captured the key town of Shusha in Nagorno-Karabakh, according to President Ilham Aliyev. The president made the announcement during a televised address on Sunday. Aliyev said the "liberation" of Shusha would "go down in the history of the Azerbaijani people". However, Armenia has disputed the claims and said fighting was ongoing.

Clashes reported near Terter

Armed clashes have allegedly been reported between Azerbaijani troops and Armenian forces in the Terter area of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Azerbaijani military officials claim clashes have occured in the Terter, Agham, Gubadli, Khojavend, and Zangilan areas over the last 24 hours. Several Armenian soldiers are alleged to have been killed or wounded. Armenian officials have yet to comment on the claims.

UAV reportedly shot down in Nagorno-Karabakh

An Armenian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has allegedly been shot down by Azerbaijani forces in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory. It's alleged the incident occurred at around 09:50 local time on Tuesday morning. No precise location data has been provided at this time and the Armenian forces have not commented on the claim, which comes as the Azerbaijani forces are accused of shelling the towns of Martuni and Shushi, while the Armenian forces have been accused of shelling the Fuzuli area and surrounding villages. No casualties have been reported. Clashes have also been reported in the Aghdara, Gubadli, Khojavend, and Zangilan areas within the last 24 hours.

President Aliyev vows to retake Nagorno-Karabakh if talks fail

President Ilham Aliyev has vowed to retake the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory through all means necessary if peace talks with Armenia fail. Aliyev stated his country's forces will "go to the end" should negotiations fail to result in an agreement by ethnic Armenian forces to withdraw from the territory and seven surrounding regions. The comments come after Armenia reportedly asked Russia to outline the extent of military support for Armenian forces - to which Moscow responded by guaranteeing "all assistance required" should the conflict spill into Armenia. 

Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of civilian casualties

The Armenian forces have allegedly been accused by Azerbaijan of killing 21 civilians and wounding dozens more in a recent missile attack in the Barda district near the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. It's claimed the attack was carried out on Wednesday, amidst continued heavy fighting in the region. Armenia has denied carrying out the attack and in turn accused Azerbaijan of deadly new attacks on civilian areas of Karabakh. Both sides have claimed the other is targeting civilians as clashes continue in the region.

Deadly missile attack reported in Barda

A deadly missile attack has reportedly hit an area in the Barda region of Azerbaijan. According to recent reports, Azerbaijani officials have claimed that three civilians have been killed and an additional 10 others have also been wounded, including women and children. It's alleged that the missile attack was carried out by the Armenian forces in violation of the latest truce. Reports of the attack and casualty figures have not been independently confirmed.

Armenia claims 17 troops held captive in Azerbaijan

Armenian officials have allegedly claimed that 17 Armenian servicemen are being held captive in Azerbaijan. The recent claims have been made by the Armenian Investigative Committee, although no further details concerning the location or time of the alleged hostage-taking have been released. No evidence has been provided to support the claim, which has not been independently verified. Meanwhile, On Tuesday Azerbaijan accused Armenian forces of carrying out further shelling on the city of Terter and its surrounding villages, in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, where heavy clashes have been ongoing since late September.

US embassy warns of security risk

The US embassy in Baku has issued a security warning over a heightened risk of terror attacks and kidnappings targeting foreign nationals in Azerbaijan. The alert was issued over the weekend, after the embassy received credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings against US citizens and foreign nationals. Major hotels such as the JW Marriott Absheron have been identified as a potential targets, along with other crowded public places frequented by tourists and foreign nationals. The alert urged foreign nationals to exercise caution, remain vigilant, stay alert, avoid crowds, maintain a low profile, stay aware of your surroundings, and to monitor local media for developments. The alert came as the US helped broker a third truce between Azerbaijan and neighbouring Armenia, which continue to clash over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

US-brokered ceasefire reportedly violated

A US-brokered ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan has reportedly come under strain as both sides accuse the other of violating it shortly after it came into effect on Monday. The ceasefire was announced by Washington on Sunday and is the latest in a series of attempts to reach a peaceful solution to heavy fighting over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Two other ceasefire agreements agreed earlier this month both fell apart shortly after coming into effect due to claims of continued fighting and violations. According to reports, minutes after the latest truce came into effect, Azerbaijan accused the Armenian forces of shelling the town of Terter and nearby villages, while Armenia's defence ministry claimed the Azerbaijani artillery had fired on military positions along the front line.

Fresh clashes erupt over Nagorno-Karabakh

Fresh clashes have erupted between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Rocket and artillery fire have hit the areas of Lachin and Gubadli, according to Azerbaijan's defence ministry. The defence ministry of Nagorno-Karabakh said that the number of Armenian troops killed in the conflict has risen by 36 to 963. The latest fighting came a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had met separately with the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia in an attempt to discuss a ceasefire.

Armenian and Azerbaijani ministers to meet with US over Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenian and Azerbaijani ministers are set to meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss the ongoing conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The meetings will be a fresh attempt to end nearly a month of fighting in the disputed region, which has killed hundreds. Pompeo is expected to hold talks with each side separately. The latest reports from Azerbaijan indicate fresh claims of fighting have been made in several areas, including territories close to the line of contact. Armenia's Ministry of Defence has also reported fighting, with the town of Martuni allegedly being shelled overnight. So far, dozens of civilians on both sides have been killed, along with more than 700 Armenia-backed soldiers. Azerbaijan does not disclose its military death toll, and it's widely understood the death tolls are likely to be much higher than have been reported.

Armenian forces allegedly shell Fuzuli

The Armenian forces have allegedly shelled the Fuzuli region in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence made the claim on Thursday, accusing the Armenian troops of shelling the area that morning, along with the Siyazan, Gabala, and Kurdamir areas. Azerbaijan also claims to have shot down an Armenian UAV near Sadarak and Sharur, and also claims to have captured 21 villages and one town in the Jabrayil, Fuzuli, and Zengilan districts. Meanwhile, Armenia has claimed that Azerbaijani troops have recently shelled the Martuni area of the disputed region, where surrounding villages allegedly came under artillery fire.

Security risk warning issued over Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict

The US State Department of Travel has issued a travel alert warning of increased security risks due to regional tensions in the Middle East. The alert references the ongoing conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Travellers have been advised to remain vigilant about personal security and to maintain heightened awareness.

Azerbaijani warplane reportedly shot down

An Azerbaijani warplane has allegedly been shot down by the Armenian forces near the southern area of Nagorno-Karabakh. The press secretary of Armenia's Minister of Defence stated on Wednesday that the plane was apparently shot down at around 08:30 local time. Azerbaijani officials have denied the incident and have instead claimed that the Armenian forces have withdrawn from the Jabrayil and Gubadli areas following operations carried out by Azerbaijani troops over the last 24 hours. The withdrawal has reportedly allowed Azerbaijani forces to take the village of Chereken in Jabrayil. Reports of troop movement have yet to be independently confirmed.

Thirty Armenian military killed amid Fuzuli clashes

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence claims that as many as 30 Armenian military personnel have been killed amid clashes in the Fuzuli region, where a number of Armenian military vehicles were also allegedly destroyed amid fighting. Meanwhile, the Azerbaijani General Prosecutor's Office has estimated that up to 61 civilians have been killed and 282 have been injured since fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh region broke out last month. These figures have not been independently verified.

Shelling reported in Terter and Aghdam

Reports of shelling have emerged in Terter and Aghdam. According to reports, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence is claiming that Armenian forces have resumed firing on Azerbaijani positions despite a new truce. It has also been claimed that the Armenian forces have been targeted Azerbaijani troops with mortar and large calibre weapons in the Goygol district. Meanwhile, Armenia has claimed that the Azerbijani forces recently shelled the Martuni, Urekan, Ishkhanadzor, Aygehovit, and Vurgavan areas. Armenia also claims to have shot down nine Azerbaijani drones over Armenian territory in the last day. The latest claims come as the Nagorno Karabakh defence ministry reported a further 16 military casualties amidst continued fighting, taking the total number of military deaths amongst ethnic Armenian personnel to 729.

UN urges Armenia and Azerbaijan to respect truce

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned recent attacks on civilians amid continued fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region and has called on both sides to respect a recently agreed truce. Baku and Yerevan announced a temporary "humanitarian ceasefire"this weekend, following a missile attack on Ganja which killed 13 people, including children. However, since the new truce has been agreed, both sides have accused each other of violating it. Armenia's defence ministry claims Azerbaijan fired artillery shells and rockets just hours after the truce came into effect on Sunday morning, while the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence accused of Armenia of failing to observe the truce later that same day. 

Armenian forces reportedly launch missile attack

The Armenian forces have allegedly launched a missile attack on the Ordubad region in Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan. Unconfirmed reports from Azerbaijani sources claim the missile strike was carried out on Friday from the occupied Gubadi region of Nagorno-Karabakh. No casualty figures have been reported yet and Armenia has yet to respond to the claim.

Three civilians reportedly killed in Armenian shelling

Unconfirmed reports of civilian deaths in Terter as a result of Armenian shelling have surfaced. According to Azerbaijani officials, three civilians have been killed and three others have also been injured after a cemetery in the city was hit by artillery fire from the Armenian forces. The shelling is alleged to have occurred on Thursday. No further details have been released and the deaths have not been independently verified.

President claims eight villages captured in Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has reportedly claimed that at least eight villages in the Fuzuli and Khojavend areas of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region have allegedly been captured. Aliyev announced that Azerbaijani armed forces had taken control of the villages from the Armenian security forces as of Wednesday. The villages have been identified as Garadaghli, Khatunbulag, Garakollu, in the Fuzuli district, and Bulutan, Melikjanli, Kemertuk, Teke, and Tagaser in the Khojavend district. 

Armenia and Azerbaijan urged to honour ceasefire

Armenia and Azerbaijan have both been encouraged to honour a temporary ceasefire which was agreed last week as heavy fighting continues in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The two countries had agreed to the truce in order to exchange prisoners and war fatalities; however, fighting has continued in the region over the last few days, prompting further international appeals for clam. So far, more than 500 people are thought to have been killed since clashes broke out on 27 September. The Red Cross has also called on both sides to finalise prisoner and body swap agreements.

Reports of shelling in Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijan has reportedly claimed that several places in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region have come under shelling from the Armenian forces. The latest reports from the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence allege that, over the last 24 hours, Armenian forces have shelled the Aghdam, Aghjabedi, Goranboy, and Terter areas. Armenia has reportedly denied the accusations. The reports come after an additional 45 more military casualties were reported by the Artsakh Defence Ministry amid continued fighting in the region, bringing the alleged total number of military casualties amongst ethnic Armenian personnel to over 500.

Shelling reported in Nagorno-Karabakh

Further shelling has reportedly occurred in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region between Armenia and Azerbaijan. According to recent reports, the Armenian Ministry of Defence has claimed that the Azerbaijani forces have shelled areas in the south, north, north-east, and eastern regions of the disputed territory in overnight military operations. The latest reports come amid a temporary ceasefire. No casualties have been reported.

Fresh shelling reported amid ceasefire efforts

Reports of fresh shelling have surfaced amid efforts to promote a ceasefire in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Russia recently hosted the first high-level talks between leaders since clashes broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the region last month. A temporary ceasefire agreement which was reached on Friday to enable both sides to exchange prisoners and recover bodies has reportedly been violated just hours after coming into effect on Saturday evening, when blasts were reported in Stepanakert. Reports from the ground claim the situation calmed by Sunday but that the temporary truce remains precarious following the flare in fighting. Azerbaijan also claimed seven people were killed in an overnight strike by Armenian forces on a residential apartment building in Ganja - charges which Armenia has denied. It's feared further clashes could derail the temporary truce. More than 300 people have died and thousands have been displaced since the long-running conflict broke out on 27 September.

Armenia-Azerbaijan meet for Nagorno-Karabakh talks

The foreign ministers from Armenia and Azerbaijan, which are currently warring over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, are meeting in Russia for talks in a significant step towards easing tensions in the region. According to Al Jazeera, heavy fighting continues to be reported in the region as truce talks are hosted in Moscow, with both sides claiming to be under attack. In a televised address to the nation, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev implied the talks were a "last chance" for Armenia to settle the conflict peacefully, stating Baku was ready for talks, but not concessions. The meeting is the first high-level dialogue to be held between the two neighbours since clashes broke out nearly two weeks ago.

Azerbaijan claims Barda targeted by Armenian missile system

Azerbaijani military officials have seemingly issued further claims against the Armenian armed forces. On Thursday, it was reported that Azerbaijan has accused Armenia of targeting the Azerbaijani city of Barda using a Tochka-U missile system. A video has been released online, purportedly showing the use of the missile system against Azerbaijan's troops as clashes continue to rage in Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenia's ministry of defence has dismissed the allegation, instead claiming that no missiles have been fired at Azerbaijani territory yet.

Armenian military UAV destroyed in Aghstafa

The Azerbaijani defence ministry claims to have targeted and destroyed an Armenian military unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over the Aghstafa area. According to reports, the UAV was shot down on Wednesday evening. The claim comes amid continued fighting between the two neighbours in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Earlier on Thursday, Azerbaijani officials also accused Armenian troops of shelling parts of Aghdam, Aghjabadi, Barda, Goranboy, and Terter. The Armenian forces have also accused Azerbaijani troops of shelling the city of Stepanakert overnight.

Azerbaijani forces capture Shukurbayli

Recent reports from Azerbaijani indicate that the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry has claimed that further territory has been seized by the Azerbaijani troops in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, where heavy fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia continues. It's alleged that, as of Wednesday, the Azerbaijani armed forces have taken control of Shukurbayli - a village in the Fizuli area. No casualties have been reported.

Azerbaijan claims Armenian shelling hit villages

Azerbaijani government officials have reportedly claimed that  Azerbaijani villages have been hit by shelling from the Armenian troops. It's alleged that, over the last 24 hours, the Armenian Armed Forces have shelled a number of villages in the Terter, Barda, Aghdam, Aghjabadi, Fuzuli, and Jabrayil areas. Retaliatory counter attacks have apparently been conducted by the Azerbaijani forces. No casualty figures have been reported.

Civilian death toll estimated at around 27

A court in Azerbaijan has estimated that the civilian death toll stands at around 27, amid ongoing conflict between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. According to reports, Azerbaijani authorities have asserted that at least 27 civilians have died and 141 others have been injured since fighting escalated in the region over a week ago. So far, no death tolls or casualty figures have been independently confirmed.

Heavy clashes continue in Nagorno-Karabakh

Heavy fighting continues to be reported between the Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Over the weekend, Azerbaijan's second-biggest city, Ganja, has reportedly been shelled by Armenian forces. it's claimed the city's military airport was struck after Azerbaijani forces shelled the region's capital city of Stepanakert, although Azerbaijani sources have denied that Ganja airport has been shelled. Both sides claim to have either captured more ground or "improved" their frontline positions. So far, more than 220 deaths have been recorded in the region since clashes broke out last week. It's feared the actual death toll could be much higher, as casualty claims have not been independently verified. The continued fighting comes after Armenia suggested last week that it was ready to engage with mediation efforts from France, Russia, and the US - which have been unilaterally pushing for a ceasefire.

Armenia willing to discuss ceasefire with Azerbaijan

Armenia says it is willing to work with international mediators over a ceasefire with Azerbaijan. The foreign ministry said Armenia “stands ready” to engage with France, Russia and the United States to reach an agreement following six days of fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Both sides reported further casualties on Friday, with Azerbaijani forces saying that they have made further advances.

Russia offers to host Nagorno-Karabakh peace talks

Russia has offered to host Nagorno-Karabakh peace talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan following a recent escalation in tensions. Russia's foreign minister is understood to have made the offer to both sides, stating that Russia would be willing to host talks. Russia has close ties with Azerbaijan, but also has a military alliance with Armenia. Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev has indicated talks will only be considered on their side if Armenian forces fully withdraw from the disputed territory. More than 100 deaths have been recorded since fighting broke out on Sunday, including a number of civilians.

Armenian forces strike Azerbaijani convoy

An Azerbaijani convoy has reportedly been hit by the Armenian forces in a strike carried out on Tuesday in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. According to reports, the Armenian forces struck a column of Azerbaijani vehicles transporting ammunition. The strike caused an explosion near the line of contact. No casualties have been confirmed following the incident. Meanwhile, Azerbaijani officials have reported further shelling from the Armenian side near the city of Terter on Wednesday, causing material damage to civilian infrastructure and potential civilian casualties. Both sides also claim to have hit each other over the last 24 hours, with the Armenian Defence Ministry claiming to have shot down two Azerbaijani drones over Stepanakert overnight, while Azerbaijan claims to have destroyed an Armenian S-300 missile system in Khojavend. The latest developments come after Turkey reportedly shot down an Armenian fighter plane yesterday, prompting the UN to call for Karabakh clashes to end immediately.

Armenia claims Turkey downed fighter jet

Armenian officials claim that one of its fighter jets has been shot down by Turkish forces. The foreign ministry said the pilot of the SU-25 died after it was targeted by a Turkish F-16 in Armenian space. Azerbaijan’s Defence Ministry and Turkish officials both denied shooting down the warplane. Meanwhile, Azerbaijani officials claim that 12 civilians have been killed and 35 wounded by Armenian fire.

Russia urges Turkey to back Azerbaijan-Armenia ceasefire

Russia has called for peace as deadly fighting continues to rage between Armenian forces and Azerbaijani troops in the disputed occupied territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. According to reports from Al Jazeera, Moscow has urged Turkey, which has publicly expressed support for Azerbaijan, to back a ceasefire effort. It's thought that dozens of people have been killed and potentially hundreds more have also been wounded since the clashes broke out on Sunday as the decades-old conflict flared up again. Russia's appeal comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for Armenia to end its "occupation" of the disputed region and withdraw troops from the region, which is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan. Armenia has accused Turkey of sending mercenaries to back Azerbaijan, although Ankara has denied this.

President claims 10 civilians killed in Armenian shelling

President Ilham Aliyev has reportedly claimed that 10 Azerbaijani civilians have been killed in shelling carried out by the Armenian forces in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Recent reports indicate the shelling took place on Tuesday, leaving 10 civilians dead and a further 30 others wounded. The claim comes shortly after Armenian officials claimed to have shot down an Azerbaijani helicopter amid continued fighting in the region. Over the last few days, both sides have exchanged various claims and accusations. Meanwhile, the Pakistani Foreign Minister has released a statement announcing diplomatic support to Azerbaijan amid the escalating conflict, and calling on Armenia to cease further military activity. Armenia previously appealed to the international community not to get involved in the dispute.

Nagorno-Karabakh clashes continue

The Armenian Defence Ministry has claimed that an Azerbaijani drone strike has hit a civilian bus in Vardenis, Gegharkunik. According to recent reports, the drone strike set the bus on fire. No casualty figures have been reported following the alleged incident. Meanwhile, the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry has denied Armenian claims that an Azerbaijani air force plane was shot down over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, where violent clashes have unfolded over the last few days. At least 26 more deaths have also been reported amongst Armenian rebels in Karabakh as clashes continued overnight. Both countries have now declared martial law, with curfews being enforced and all travel to Nagorno-Karabakh and other border regions strongly advised against. A number of flights between the two countries have been suspended and telecommunications could also affected. An emergency UN meeting on the escalating conflict is to take place on Tuesday.

Azerbaijan deny reports of Turkey sending Syrian fighters

Azerbaijani officials have denied reports that some 4,000 fighters from Syria have been sent to Azerbaijan by Turkey to support the Azerbaijani forces in recent border clashes with Armenian forces in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The denial comes after the Armenian envoy to Russia made the claim. According to Al Jazeera, the ambassador claimed the Syrian fighters were taking part in battles in Nagorno-Karabakh; however, an aide to Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev dismissed the reports, describing the claim as "another provocation by the Armenian side and complete nonsense". Heavy fighting continues to be reported for the second consecutive day in the area. On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised Ankara's support to Azerbaijan, prompting Armenia to call on the international community to ensure Turkey doesn't get involved in the conflict.

Azerbaijan army captures Armenian occupied city

Azerbaijani forces have allegedly captured the city of Fuzuli, in Armenian occupied Naragon-Karabakh - a disputed breakaway region claimed by ethnic Armenians enclaved by Azerbaijan. Unconfirmed reports on Twitter indicate an increased military presence by Azerbaijani troops in the suburban areas of the city as of Monday morning. Reports from Azerbaijan claim that up to seven border villages have been "freed" or "liberated" from Armenian occupation in the Fuzuli and Jabrayil areas. The news comes after violent border clashes broke out in the region on Sunday, leaving dozens dead on both sides, including civilians.

Dozens killed in border clash

Dozens of deaths have been reported following a border clash in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Fighting first erupted on Sunday morning, and since then, the death toll has risen to at least 32 confirmed deaths amongst military personnel, while both sides have also reported civilian casualties. Nagorno-Karabakh separatists have reportedly claimed that one Armenian woman and a child have been killed, while Azerbaijan has reported the deaths of a family of five due to shelling launched by Armenian separatists. The clashes have prompted diplomatic efforts to prevent the situation from escalating further. The clashes are the latest flare-up in a long-running conflict over the breakaway region, enclaved by Azerbaijan by occupied by ethnic Armenians. The fighting follows another recent flare-up along the Azerbaijan-Armenia border in July, which killed at least 17 soldiers from both sides.

Thousands protest in Baku over border clashes

Thousands of people gathered for protests in the capital city of Baku on Tuesday following recent deadly clashes along the border with Armenia. The demonstrators have been calling for war, demanding that the government deploy more armed forces to the border region. Although recent clashes have taken place far north of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, protesters have reportedly been demanding troop mobilisation to retake the area. Some protesters have also called for the head of the armed forces to resign, while a small group of demonstrations entered the parliament building and caused damage before being removed. The police used water cannons to disperse crowds which had gathered outside. Mass gatherings remain banned amid coronavirus restrictions, with seven arrests made on Wednesday. The latest death toll from the fighting in the Tovuz district has been placed at 16.

Army general killed in Armenian border clash

An Azeri army general has reportedly been killed in a border clash with neighbouring Armenia. Azerbaijan claims one fatality and five casualties were incurred amongst Azeri army personnel in a third day of fighting with Armenian forces. The clashes have been taking place along the border in the Tovuz district, just north of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Today's fatality takes the Azeri death toll to 11, while Armenia has also reported the deaths of two Armenian army officers amidst the fighting, which remains ongoing. Both sides have accused the other of shelling settlements either side of the border. A Russian government spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, has reportedly offered to mediate talks to de-escalate the border clash.

Coronavirus total rises by 529

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Azerbaijan has increased by 529 as of Tuesday 14 July. The national total now stands at 24,570, while the country's death toll has also increased to 313 following a daily increase of seven new virus-related deaths. Of the country's 24,570 confirmed cases, at least 15,640 have recovered so far, while around 8,617 cases remain active, including 66 in serious or critical condition.

Covid-19 total increases by 513

The total number of confirmed covid-19 cases in Azerbaijan has increased by 513, taking the national tally to 20,837 confirmed cases of infection. Monday was the fourth day in a row that daily figures have fallen - the longest consecutive period of decline since the first virus case was reported there, indicating the outbreak may have peaked there. Meanwhile, an additional eight fatalities have also been reported, bringing the death toll to 258. On Sunday, the country's highest daily increase to the death toll was recorded, with nine new virus-related deaths confirmed.

First coronavirus death reported

Azerbaijan's first coronavirus death has been reported in the capital, Baku. The death was confirmed on Friday and the patient is understood to have recently returned from neighbouring Iran. Azerbaijan recently announced a measure to extend the border closure with Iran another two weeks. So far, Azerbaijan has recorded at least 15 cases of the virus.

School closures enforced over coronavirus

School closures have been enforced over the coronavirus outbreak. At least three confirmed cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus have been registered in Azerbaijan, prompting the government to enforce a week-long closure of "all educational institutions". The closure will be in effect from Tuesday 03 March to Monday 09 March, with schools due to re-open on Tuesday 10 March.

Opposition protesters detained in Baku

More than 20 opposition protesters have been detained after staging a sit-in on the pavement outside the Central Election Commission (CEC) building on Tuesday. The protest was organised in response to the results of early parliamentary polls, which were widely criticised by international observers for alleged procedural violations which cast doubt over the fairness of the election. Riot police were dispatched to arrest all participants of the sit-in on the grounds that the protest action was illegal.

Ruling party wins parliamentary election

The ruling Yeni Azerbaijan Party (YAP) party has won the parliamentary election in Azerbaijan, after securing a majority of 69 seats in the 12-seat parliament. The results were announced on Monday morning; however, their victory has been marred by reports of irregularities. According to recent reports, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who were observing the election have warned the election failed to meet the democratic standard due to cases of multiple voting, interrupted video feeds at polling stations, and the hindrance or abuse of independent observers.

Calm situation reported in Karabakh despite claims of shelling

The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has reported a calm situation in the Agdam district of the Karabakh conflict zone between Armenia and Azerbaijan. This report comes following claims from Azerbaijan of recent shelling and cross-border firing in the disputed region. It was alleged that the Azerbaijani forces came under fire in 23 times near Agdam within the last 24 hours - supposedly from the Armenian forces, although this has not yet been confirmed. The OSCE report directly contradicts the claim made by the Azerbaijani side.

President announces snap election

President Ilham Aliyev has announced a snap election, having signed an order on dissolving the nation's parliament. Aliyev announced on Thursday that parliamentary elections will be held on 09 February, 2020. The announcement comes three days after MPs asked the president to dissolve parliament and allow for the calling of snap general elections. It's believed an early vote could help modernise the legislative branch and speed up the course of economic reforms. The National Assembly is currently heavily dominated by the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (YAP), which won a landslide victory in 2015, when all of the established opposition parties boycotted the election.

Fatal train-car collision reported in Saatli

A fatal collision between a train and a car has been reported in city of Saatli, where a vehicle was allegedly hit by a train at a railway crossing near the city. Local reports indicate the accident occurred along the Saatli-Bejar stretch. The train was heading in the direction of Imishli when a car attempted to drive over the railway crossing. The train driver reportedly signalled immediately and began to slow down; however, the collision couldn't be avoided due to the close range. As a result, the male driver of the car died on the spot, while his male passenger died later in hospital. An investigation into the accident has been launched.

Ceasefire violations reported along Armenia border

Various ceasefire violations have allegedly been reported along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border throughout the last 48 hours. According to reports, the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry has recorded at least 25 ceasefire violations due to incidents of cross-border firing over the line of contact between the two countries. The Azerbaijani Defence Ministry has claimed that all 25 violations were initiated by unprovoked firing from the Armenian side. Incidents of cross-border artillery fire were apparently reported in the Aghdam, Gadabay, Gazakh, Goranboy, Jabrayil, and Tartar areas. No casualties have been reported.

One killed in cross-border incident near Bilasuvar

At least one person has died and another two people were arrested following a cross-border security incident near the Bilasuvar district. According to reports, the Azerbaijan border security forces were forced to open fire on a person who had illegally crossed the border from neighbouring Iran. The incident occurred over the weekend in the village of Geiteper, where the suspect was ordered by the border guards to halt, but ignored the warnings, prompting the guards to open fire, leaving them dead. Two more suspects who had been waiting in a vehicle nearby have also been arrested in connection with the incident. Various weapons and narcotics were also found on the suspect's body.

Explosion on vessel kills one near Baku

At least one person has been killed and three others have been injured in a blast which occurred on a vessel near the capital city of Baku on Tuesday. The explosion was reported on board a State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) exploration vessel while it was off shore in the Caspian Sea near the Gurgan area of Baku. The ship had been en route to Gurgan, where it was due to carry out seismic exploration as part of a project which aimed to discover new possible oil wells in the region. The precise cause of the explosion remains undetermined as investigations get underway.

PM resigns and is replaced with loyalist

Prime Minister Novruz Mammadov has announced his resignation, which has been accepted by President Ilham Aliyev, with his replacement already confirmed. Aliyev has reportedly chosen loyalist Ali Asadov as the new prime minister. Asadov was formerly the president's economic adviser and has been a long-time close ally of the president. Asadov's appointment was approved by legislators in a unanimous vote. No reason has been given for Mammadov's resignation. The role of prime minister remains largely ceremonial with the majority of powers concentrated in the hands of the president.

President appoints new PM after predecessor resigns

President Ilham Aliyev has appointed his longtime ally Ali Asadov as the country's new prime minister. The move comes after Novruz Mammadov resigned from the post, according to parliament speaker Oktay Asadov. The reason for Mammadov's resignation has not been confirmed. He was appointed to the post last April after serving as a foreign policy adviser.

Ceasefire violation reported across Armenian border

An alleged ceasefire violation has been reported along the Armenian border with Azerbaijan. According to reports, Azerbaijani officials have claimed that unprovoked fire was recorded along the border with Armenia in the Tovuz and Gadabay districts between Monday 30 September and Tuesday 01 October. It's alleged that the shelling came from the Armenian security forces, although no evidence was provided to support this claim and the Armenian authorities have not commented on the incident. No casualties were incurred as a result of the violation.

Military plane disappears over Caspian Sea

A military plane has reportedly disappeared off radar whilst flying over the Caspian Sea. The aircraft was a type MiG-29, used by the Azerbaijani Air Force. The last radar contact with the aircraft was recorded at around 10;00 local time on Wednesday morning. It's feared the plane may have come into difficulty shortly after radar contact was lost. Emergency rescue operations have been launched in a bid to find the plane and the pilot. No other passengers were on board the aircraft.

First IS video released in Azerbaijan

The first video message supporting the Islamic State (IS) has reportedly been released from Azerbaijan. The video reportedly shows IS loyalists making violent threats towards so-called 'tyrants' - assumed to mean citizens of the Western world. At least three unidentified armed IS fighters were featured in the video, pledging allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. The video of the trio pledging allegiance to the IS is the first such to be made and released by Azerbaijani citizens.

Armenian soldier killed in cross-border conflict

An Armenian soldier has reportedly been killed following an armed cross-border conflict in the disputed Nagorno-Karabkh region between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The soldier has been identified as a member of Armenia's Karabakh Defense Army, deployed with a military unit in the south-eastern part of the Armenian-controlled territory. According to reports, clashes with the Azerbaijani forces broke out over the weekend, leaving one Armenian soldier dead. Azerbaijani officials are yet to comment on the incident.

Cross-border gunfire reported in Nagorno-Karabakh

Cross-border gunfire has been reported in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Ceasefire violations were recorded by the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry, which claimed the Armenian security forces were responsible for 21 ceasefire violations along the line of contact within the last 24 hours. The violations were recorded in various parts of the Terter district. No casualties have been reported.

Cross-border attack reported in Nagorno-Karabakh

Cross-border firing has been reported in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Some 26 ceasefire violations were allegedly recorded by the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry over the weekend. According to recent reports, artillery fire across the line of contact has been reported in the Berd, Chambarak, Aghstafa, Qazakh, and the Gadabay districts. No casualties have been reported thus far.

Cross-border clashes reported in Nagorno-Karabakh

Cross-border clashes have been reported in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region between Armenia and Azerbaijan. According to reports, the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry recorded 30 alleged ceasefire violations along the line of contact between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops within the last 24 hours. Armenian officials have not commented on the alleged ceasefires.

Moscow-bound flight makes emergency landing over bomb fears

A Ural Airlines flight bound for Moscow has made an emergency landing in Baku after cabin crew reported a suspicious device onboard. All 225 people on board were evacuated before emergency services began a search of the aircraft. The flight had taken off from Bahrain on Monday morning.

Protests take place outside Court of Appeal

Protesters have reportedly gathered outside the Court of Appeal in the capital city of Baku. The demonstration has been organised in support of a detained blogger. The detainee, Mekham Guseinov, was sentenced to two years in prison on charges of defamation in March 2017, but claims he has been tortured during his detention. Two months ahead of his scheduled release, Guiseinov allegedly got in a fight with a prison employee last month, sparking a new criminal case against him. Protesters are claiming the new case is motivated by the authorities seeking revenge over Guiseinov's open criticism. Protests have been ongoing throughout the last week and at least 15 protesters have been arrested so far.

MoD claims multiple ceasefire violations in Karabakh

Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defence (MoD) claims that there have been 29 attacks on its positions in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Troops in the Gadabay district came under shell fire from Armenia on Sunday and Monday, the MoD said in a statement. Armenian officials have not commented on the claims.

Suspected militant killed in Khachmaz

A suspected militant has reportedly been shot dead by the Azerbaijani security forces in the Khachmaz district of the northern Khachmaz Rayon area. The suspect was allegedly apprehended during a counter-terror operation and was fired upon after resisting arrest. It's believed the suspect was a member of an outlawed religious extremist group and was planning to carry out a violent terror attack. Various weapons, ammunition, and explosives were also confiscated from the site.

Heightened military tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh

Heightened military tensions have been reported in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region which lies between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan indicated tensions had increased with Azerbaijan over the ongoing conflict and reportedly told Armenian security personnel to be prepared to return fire or respond to any form of provocative activity from the Azerbaijani forces. Officials from Azerbaijan have not responded to Pashinyan's comments.

Manhunt launched for murder suspects

A manhunt has been launched for two males thought to be responsible for murdering two police officers in Ganja. Local reports suggest the two suspects reportedly killed the police officers during a public rally event in Ganja on Tuesday. It's believed the suspects may be members of a radical religious group and that their intention was to disrupt public order. Somewhere between 100 to 150 members of the group are alleged to have rioted during events yesterday, clashing with police officers. Recent reports indicate as many as 40 members of the group have been arrested.

Firing reported along Armenian border

Cross-border firing has been reported in the Chambarak and Noyemberyan areas along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. Almost 80 incidents were reported in the mountainous region. Armenian reports claim the Azerbaijani side fired first, sparking retaliatory fire. No casualties have been reported.

Explosion reported in Baku

An explosion has been reported in Baku, where a blast has killed at least two people and wounded two others. According to preliminary reports, the explosion happened inside a market cafe near Elite shopping centre in the Binagadi district of Baku. The precise cause of the blast remains unclear as the emergency services respond to the scene. 

Tensions escalate with Armenia

Tension have recently escalated between Armenia and Azerbaijan after Armenian officials accused Azerbaijan of violating a ceasefire. The Azerbaijani troops allegedly fired over the border from the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. In response, the Azerbaijan authorities have denied the allegations, warning that such accusations could provoke a retaliation. Azerbaijan also claimed that the Armenian forces had violated the ceasefire.

Rehab centre fire kills 24 in Baku

A fire has broken out at a rehab centre in Baku, killing at least 24 people. According to the BBC, the fire broke out in the early hours of the morning, spreading from a ward for bedridden patients. It's thought the blaze was caused by an electrical fault in the building. At least 31 people were successfully rescued from the fire.

One wounded in Baku gas explosion

A person has been wounded in a gas explosion in the capital city, Baku. The blast occurred in an apartment in the Nasimi district over the weekend. The emergency services reportedly responded to the incident and established a safety cordon. Local police have advised the incident appeared to be the result of a gas leak in the property and was not an intentional act.

Armenian soldier killed in Azerbaijani gunfire

An Armenian soldier has allegedly been killed in cross-border firing in the heavily disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Armenian media have claimed that the soldier had been stationed in a position along the eastern region of the Line of Contact when he was killed by Azerbaijani gunfire. The Azerbaijani authorities have not responded to the claims. Cross-border gunfire has been exchanged multiple times in recent months, with both sides inflicting casualties.

Three Armenian soldiers wounded in cross-border clashes

Three Armenian soldiers have allegedly been wounded in cross-border clashes in the heavily disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. According to Armenian officials, Azerbaijani troops opened fire on Armenian positions using high-calibre weapons, prompting the Armenian forces to return fire. The Azerbaijani military has not commented on the incident - both sides often violate the ceasefire in the area and often accuse each other of initiating cross-border gunfights.

Two civilians killed in Nagorno-Karabakh shelling

Two civilians have been killed and another has been wounded by shelling in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region between Azerbaijan and Armenia. According to Reuters, Azerbaijani sources have claimed that an Azerbaijani woman and a two-year-old girl were killed while another Azerbaijani civilian was wounded by firing from Armenian-backed rebels. The Azerbaijani forces allegedly retaliated by returning fire; however, other sources have challenged the statement made by Azerbaijani officials - instead claiming the Azerbaijani forces opened fire first, violating the ceasefire in the region, which has been broken numerous times by both sides in recent months.

Four Azerbaijani soldiers killed in Nagorno-Karabakh cross-fire

Four Azerbaijani soldiers have allegedly been killed in a cross-fire with Armenian forces in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Armenian military officials have claimed that the Azerbaijani soldiers were undertaking subversive operations near an Armenian military post when the Armenian troops became aware of their presence and opened fire. The incident occurred shortly after the UN called upon Armenian and Azerbaijani representatives to initiate negotiations to resolve the ongoing conflict in the region.

Reporter wounded in Azerbaijani cross-border firing

A reporter has been wounded in cross-border firing in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region which lies between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The reporter - who works for the Armenian television channel, Shant TV - was travelling in a vehicle in the northern area of the region near the Line of Contact when he came under Azerbaijani fire. Both Armenian and Azerbaijani forces have violated the terms of the ceasefire in the area various times within the last few months.

Armenian soldier killed in Azerbaijani firing, Nagorno-Karabakh

An Armenian soldier has allegedly been killed by Azerbaijani gunfire in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. According to reports, the defence ministry of Artsakh claims the 19-year-old Armenian serviceman was killed after Azerbaijani troops opened fire on an undisclosed military base in the morning of Friday 28 April. Violent gunfights often take place over the border between the Armenian and Azerbaijani troops.

Armenian soldier killed in border cross-fire, Nagorno-Karabakh

An Armenian soldier has allegedly been killed in cross-border firing in the heavily disputed and volatile Norgorno-Karabakh region which lies between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Armenian armed forces have claimed that a soldier was killed under Azerbaijani shelling in the Artsakh area of the Nagorno-Karabakh region. 

Armenian soldier wounded in cross-border firing

An Armenian soldier has been wounded in cross-border firing in the heavily disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region which lies along the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Armenian forces have claimed that the Azerbaijani troops targeted Armenian military positions along the Line of Contact. The Azerbaijani forces have not commented on the accusation; however, both sides have repeatedly violated the ceasefire in the region in recent months.

Visa updates ahead of sporting events

Visa requirements have been updated ahead of upcoming sporting events in Baku. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued travel advice regarding two sports events taking place in Baku during May and June: the Games of Islamic Solidarity (Friday 12 May to Monday 22 May); the Formula One Grand Prix (Friday 23 June to Sunday 25 June). Ticket-holders will be subject to visa requirements, and have been reminded that an event ticket does not serve as an entry visa and the appropriate visa will need to be applied for.

Armenian soldier killed in Azerbaijani ceasefire violation

An Armenian soldier has been killed in an alleged ceasefire violation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region by the Azerbaijani troops. According to local reports, the Azerbaijani troops violated the ceasefire by opening fire over the Line of Contact on Friday afternoon. Both sides have violated the ceasefire multiple times in recent months. Military investigations are underway.

Armenian soldier killed in Nagorno-Karabakh firing

One Armenian soldier has been killed in cross-border firing in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region between Armenia and Azerbaijan. According to local reports, the Armenian soldier was killed in retaliatory fire from the Azerbaijani troops in a ceasefire violation on Tuesday 28 March. Both sides have broken the 1994 ceasefire agreement multiple times during recent months, with both sides suffering casualties.

Ceasefire broken 143 times overnight

The ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan along the Line of Contact in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region has allegedly been violated 143 times within the last 24 hours. According to Azerbaijani reports, the Armenian armed forces fired upon Azerbaijani military positions 143 times using large caliber machine guns. No casualties have been reported.

Updated travel advice for Nagorno-Karabakh region

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (British FCO) has updated travel advice regarding foreign travel near the Nagorno-Karabakh region between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Azerbaijani legislation has criminalised foreign nationals entering the disputed region without official government authorisation. All foreign nationals have been advised not to enter the region, or the military areas surrounding the region - as there is a high risk of legal prosecution in Azerbaijani courts.

Five soldiers killed in Nagorno-Karabakh clashes

Five Armenian soldiers have allegedly been killed in clashes with the Azerbaijani troops in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The clashes took place on Sunday and according to AA News, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence has confirmed the deaths of five Armenian soldiers under artillery fire. Both sides have breached the 1994 peace treaty multiple times in recent months.

Azerbaijani soldier killed in shelling

An Azerbaijani soldier has been killed in shelling in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region over the weekend. On Saturday, APA reported that the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry stated that an Azerbaijani soldier was killed after Armenian forces opened fire on Azerbaijani positions in the region. Both sides have broken the ceasefire in the region multiple times - often blaming the other side of provocations. Armenian officials have issued no response to the incident.

Clashes break out between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops

Clashes have broken out between the Armenian and Azerbaijani troops along the frontline in the disputed Karabakh region. The clashes occurred on Saturday night, and according to Azerbaijani military officials, several Azerbaijani soldiers have been killed as a result of Armenian shelling. This is the latest in a series of ceasefire violations between the two sides, which have been ongoing for several months. Both sides often blame the other for starting the clashes.

Azerbaijani soldier killed in cross-border fire

An Azerbaijani soldier has been killed in cross-border fire in the contested Karabakh region which lies between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Azerbaijani military officials claim that the soldier was killed under Armenian shelling on Azerbaijani military positions in another ceasefire violation. The ceasefire, which was established in 1994 and reinforced by three UN Security Resolutions, has been violated numerous times by both sides in recent months. 

President Aliyev appoints wife as new VP

President Ilham Aliyev has appointed his wife, Mehriban Aliyeva, as the country's first Vice President (VP) after legislation was passed to amend the constitution to create the role. The new role will place the VP first in line to succeed the President - a move which many have criticised as a step towards the establishment of an Aliyev family dynasty enshrined and legalised by the constitution. Indeed, the original legislation which created the VP role actually provided for the creation of two VPs and abolished an age limitation on the role of the President - sparking rumours that the Aliyev planned to introduce President Aliyev's teenaged son into the direct line of succession.

Border guards arrest trespasser in Samukh

Azerbaijani border guards have shot down a trespasser in the Samukh district. According to Azerbaijani officials, the suspect had attempted to cross the border in the Salahi village area when border guards noticed him. The man was shot down by border patrol when he allegedly ignored orders to stop and opened fire on the guards. The suspect was not killed, however he is reported to have sustained a gunshot wound. The trespasser has been captured and detained, and remains in custody for further questioning.

One soldier killed in ceasefire violation, Nagorno-Karabakh

An Armenian armed forces soldier has been killed on Wednesday by Azerbaijani troops in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The incident was confirmed by the regional defence ministry - who told Arka News Agency that the soldier was killed in a violation of the ceasefire in the early hours of the morning. One the same day, another clash was reported where a 19-year-old soldier was injured near Martakert. An increasing number of ceasefire violations have been reported recently.

Armenian soldier killed in cross-border fire, Karabakh

An Armenian soldier has been killed in cross-border shooting in the Nagorno-Karabakh region near the Line of Contact. The Armenian forces claim that the Azerbaijan violated the ceasefire 20 times overnight along the Line of Contact. According to the Armenian Ministry of Defence, 220 shots were fired by Azerbaijani Armed Forces during the night - killing one Armenian soldier. The Azerbaijani forces have not commented on the incident.

Four terror suspects killed in counter-terror raids

Four terror suspects have been killed and one has been detained by Azerbaijani security forces in counter-terrorism operations. The Azerbaijan Security Service performed a raid operation to detain citizens suspected of serious crimes. The five suspects were believed to be plotting terror attacks in the country. Four of the suspects were killed when they resisted arrest.

Armenian soldier shot dead in Nagorn-Karabakh region

An Armenian solder has been shot dead in the Nagorno-Karabakh region between Armenia and Azerbaijan. A Nagorno-Karabakh Defence Army serviceman has been killed in an alleged ceasefire violation at the protection area of an Artsakh defence army unit. It remains unknown whether or not the soldier was killed in a ceasefire violation from Azerbaijani troops, or by friendly fire - which has broken out in Armenian troops in the past. Travel to the disputed Karabakh region and the surrounding areas has been advised against.

Three wounded in friendly fire incident, Karabakh

Three Armenian soldiers have been wounded after a friendly fire incident occurred in the military unit stationed in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh area of Azerbaijan. Firing broke out when a soldier was brutally beaten by two commanders for refusing to take up the combat duty of  another soldier. The beaten soldier began firing indiscriminately with a machine gun - wounding one of his commanders and another soldier. People have been reminded to stay away from the Line of Contact and the Karabakh area where military tensions are high between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops.

Armenian drone shot down by Azerbaijani troops

An Armenian drone has been shot down by Azerbaijani troops over Azerbaijan territory in the Fuzuli region. Azerbaijani military officials have confirmed the incident in a statement claiming an Armenian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was detected over armed forces positions and shot down. Armenian forces have yet to comment on the shooting down of the UAV. Military tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan have been high since the Karabakh region - with Armenian military assistance - attempted to break away from Azerbaijani rule in 1991. Travellers have been advised to vacate and avoid the Karabakh region and the surrounding territory as cross-border fire is frequently exchanged between the two sides.

One soldier killed in Martakert

An Armenian soldier has been killed in one of the Karabakh Army units in Martakert, near the north-eastern section of the line of contact. The 20-year-old soldier died from gunshot wounds attributed to Azerbaijani forces. Azerbaijani forces have allegedly broken the ceasefire agreement 40 times overnight with over 500 gunfire shots from automatic guns and sniper rifles. Armenian security forces have claimed that the violation was unprovoked and the Karabakh forces only responded to extreme shelling. Travellers and local residents have been advised to vacate and avoid the regions near the line of contact due to the frequent ceasefire violations on both sides.

US Embassy raises terror alert in Azerbaijan

The US Embassy has raised its level of alert in Azerbaijan after an alleged attempted terrorist attack. Azerbaijani State Security Services have killed one terror suspect in Baku. The suspect was shot down near Bina Shopping Centre in Baku, and had allegedly planned to carry out a suicide bombing attack. The suspect was believed to have ties to terrorist organisations. Investigations into the incident are ongoing. No other casualties have been reported. 

Azerbaijan government criminalises insulting President Aliyev

The Azerbaijan government has criminalised insulting President Ilham Aliyev online. The Azerbaijani criminal code was amended to protect the 'honour and dignity' of the President online. The new law is expected to be loosely interpreted - allowing the Azerbaijani government to detain any one viewed to be in violation of the law. Criticising the president online will now result in either a 1,000 manats fine ($570), or two years of community service. Foreign travellers in particular are advised to avoid discussion of the president or Azerbaijani politics online. 

Militant killed by Security Service

A militant has been killed by the Azerbaijani State Security Service in the village of Duztahiroba in the Khachmaz region. The Security Services' operation agenda was to capture Ramiq Rahimov, on charges of suspected terrorism. Rahimov reportedly resisted arrest, shooting at the Security Service - sparking a gunfight in which he was killed.

Joint counter-crime operation launched with Russia

A joint cross-border counter-crime operation between Azerbaijan and Russia was launched. Operation 'Border-Shield' - due to last until 27, November - will target transnational crime, illegal migration and drugs and weapons smuggling. Border police will be inspecting cars crossing borders in Khachmaz and Qusar districts. Travellers have been advised to carry the appropriate travel documents and expect delays.

Ceasefire violated 115 times

The ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan along the Line of Contact (LoC) was reportedly violated a total of 115 times over the weekend. Reports claim the Azerbaijani troops used artillery fire and a 60mm mortar to violated the ceasefire 90 times, while Armenian troops violated the ceasefire by shelling the Azerbaijani side 25 times. It is believed the Armenian Karabkh troops retain control over the LoC.

Seven terror suspects jailed in Baku

Seven people have been sentenced to jail for joining the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group. The seven were arrested upon return from Iraq and Syria after fighting with the IS. The court in Baku sentenced them today. Jail sentences ranged from two and a half to 14 years.

Armenian drone shot down by Azerbaijani forces

Azerbaijan's Defence Ministry confirmed their military forces had shot down an Armenian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The UAV allegedly belongs to the Armenian Armed Forces and was suspected to have been used to gather aerial surveillance on the Azerbaijani side of the Line of Contact. Tensions flared up over the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan after a ceasefire that had been in place since 1994 was broken last month.

Ceasefire violated 75 times

The official ceasefire over the Line of Contact between bordering countries, Armenia and Azerbaijan was allegedly violated 75 time by Azerbaijani troops last night. The press office of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’s Defense Ministry released a statement this morning claiming that the Azerbaijani troops fired approximately 1,300 times onto Armenian territory. No casualties were reported. The ceasefire has been violated a number of times by both sides in the last month as tensions between the countries rise. Travellers are advised not to go near the Line of Contact under any circumstances due to high risks of fighting.

State border forces seize 7kgs of drugs

Azerbaijan's State Border Service seized over 7kg of drugs in two separate smuggling attempts. In the first incident, 4.5kg of Marajuana was seized in the Fuzili district when an unknown individual fled from border forces after attempting to cross illegally. Another 2.5kg of Heroin was also seized in an inspection near Jelilabad.

Ceasefire violated 29 times

The Azerbaijan Defense Ministry claims the Armenian forces have violated the ceasefire 29 times in the last 24 hours. The Armenian forces in Shavarshavan village of the Noyemberyan district, allegedly opened fire at the Azerbaijani armed forces in Farahli village of the Azerbaijan’s Gazakh district. It is said the Armenian forces used heavy machine guns and grenade launchers. Armenian forces claim the Azerbaijani armed forces fired a 60mm mortar into Talish territory. No injuries have been reported as of yet.

Ceasefire violated in Nagorno-Karabakh

The Karabakh/Azerbaijani border ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan was violated by Azerbaijani forces 100 times and 39 times by Armenian forces over the weekend. The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (Artsakh) Defense Ministry said Azerbaijan was carrying out "yet another provocative trick" in a statement released on Monday.  The Artsakh army also claimed that it was strictly observing the ceasefire.

Armenian soldier wounded in Nagorno-Karabakh shooting

An Armenian soldier has been shot and wounded by troops from Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh, according the the region's Defence Ministry.  The incident happened near the contact line on Friday and an investigation is underway.  The Ministry also claimed that over 1,800 rounds and a shell from a AGS-17 grenade launcher have been fired at Armenian positions since Thursday.

Armenian soldier killed in Karabakh during thirty ceasefire violations with Azerbaijan

A private soldier of Armenia's NKR Defense Army was fatally wounded in one of 30 ceasefire violations by Azerbaijani forces at the line of contact in Karamakh. The violations occurred overnight on 6 September. It is reported that the Azerbaijani forces fired more than 370 shots towards Armenian forces, using firearms of varying calibres. An investigation into the soldier's death is underway. 

Investigative journalist released from Azeri prison

A prominent investigative journalist has been released from prison in Azerbaijan on the order of the country's supreme court. Khadija Ismayilova was jailed for seven-and-a-half years in December, 2014 for corruption; although many critics said the charges were politically motivated after she exposed government corruption.  There are still two charges against her, and Ms. Ismayilova has vowed to seek a full acquittal and "continue my journalist work with renewed energy.”

Fresh outbreak of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh

Soldiers from Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh have been killed in ceasefire violations, hours after the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents met in Vienna to discuss a truce. "The presidents reiterated their commitment to the ceasefire and the peaceful settlement of the conflict," said a joint statement by the US, France and Russia on Monday." To reduce the risk of further violence, they agreed to finalise in the shortest possible time an OSCE investigative mechanism." Azerbaijan's defence ministry said one of its soldiers died late on Monday, while shortly after midnight on Tuesday a soldier in Nagorno-Karabakh was shot dead.

Two separatist officers killed in Nagorno-Karabakh

Two Nagorno-Karabakh separatists were killed by Azeri forces on Tuesday. According to Azerbaijan's defense ministry, the retaliatory attack took place after Armenian forces hit its positions with multiple rocket fire. Both sides claim that their counterparts are not respecting the Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement, agreed in early April. The deal came after at least 46 people were killed on both sides in the fighting, which was the heaviest since the Nagorno-Karabakh war ended in 1994.

Armenia and Azerbaijan agree ceasefire

Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed a ceasefire after four days of heavy fighting in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.  The cessation of hostilities started at 12:00 local time on Tuesday and the agreement has largely held overnight.  "Last night, the ceasefire was generally maintained along the contact line," the Nagorno-Karabakh military said in a statement on Wednesday.  At least 46 people were killed on both sides in the fighting, which was the heaviest since the Nagorno-Karabakh war ended in 1994.

Sixteen Azeri troops killed in latest Karabakh clashes

Officials in Azerbaijan say 16 of its soldiers have been killed in two days of clashes with ethnic Armenian troops in Nagorno-Karabakh.  "All responsibility for what is happening rests with Armenia which is not interested in resolving the conflict and flouts international law," said Azeri Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov.  Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said his country would continue to support Azerbaijan in the conflict, while international talks aimed at restoring peace in the region have started in the Austrian capital, Vienna, with Russia, the US and France in attendance.

Fighting continues in Nagorno-Karabakh despite ceasefire

Azerbaijan announced a unilateral ceasefire with Armenian forces in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh on Sunday.  However, since then there have been reports of continued fighting along the frontline, with Armenia claiming the Azeri troops were still using missile artillery systems hours after the announcement.  In a state broadcast Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev said: "Armenia has violated all the norms of international law. We won't abandon our principal position. But at the same time we will observe the ceasefire and after that we will try to solve the conflict peacefully." 

Dozens killed in Nagorno-Karabakh clashes

At least 30 soldiers have been killed and dozens more wounded in deadly clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani soldiers in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.  Both sides have blamed each other for the serious escalation in fighting, which is the worst since a war between the two countries ended in 1994.  Armenian officials said 18 ethnic-Armenian soldiers had died, while Baku confirmed the deaths of 18 Azeri troops.  Russian President Vladimir Putin urged all sides to cease firing and "show restraint".

Azerbaijani soldier killed along Armenian border

An Azerbaijani soldier was killed near the Azerbaijani-Armenian border on Wednesday. Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said that Imran Mirzayev was killed as result of a clash with a subversive Armenian group. Armenia and Azerbaijan have been engaged in a conflict over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh for more than two decades.

Police raid terrorist cell near Baku

Police in Azerbaijan have carried out a raid on a suspected terrorist cell near the capital, Baku.  Two officers and four militants were killed in the operation in the Nardaran settlement, 25km from the capital. The Interior Ministry and the Prosecutor-General's Office in Baku said in a statement that a group called "Muslim Unity" has been operating "under the guise of religion and planning to destabilize" the country by committing "mass clashes and terrorist attacks."

Journalist beaten to death by football fans

A journalist in Azerbaijan who criticised a popular football has died after an attack bu supporters. Rasim Aliyev had said on Facebook that Javid Huseynov should be banned from European football for allegedly making a rude gesture at a Cypriot journalist. The reporter asked why he had waved a Turkish flag at a Cypriot team's fans. Mr Aliyev was then beaten up after being lured to a meeting by somebody who said they were a relative of the player, before dying from internal bleeding. The President, Ilham Aliyev, said he was "seriously concerned" by the incident, calling it a "threat to freedom of speech."

Two soldiers killed in Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire violation

Two Armenian soldiers have been killed in a shooting in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The Artsakh Defense Army said that the servicemen, Artak Aghekian and Hayk Baroyan, were shot dead on Saturday in an Azerbaijani armed incursion in northeastern Karabakh. Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said that Armenian troops violated the ceasefire more than 60 times, adding "the enemy was silenced with a retaliatory fire".

Azerbaijan accuses Armenia breaking ceasefire

Azerbaijan's Defence Ministry claims that Armenia has violated a ceasefire more than 50 times in the last 24 hours.  They said that Armenian armed units fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces in Kemerli, Gaymagli, Ferehli, Gizilhajili, Jafarli villages of Gazakh region and nameless uplands from the positions in Dovekh, Barekamavan, Shavarshavan villages of Noyemberyan region, Berkaber and Azatmut villages of Ijevan region and nameless uplands.  Armenia has not responded to the accusations.

Authorities shut down Radio Free Europe in Baku

Authorities in Azerbaijan have raided the offices of the US-funded Radio Free Europe in the capital, Baku.  Police shut down the offices and ordered its journalists to stop broadcasting on Friday.  The move comes after a recent crackdown on the media in the country, including the arrest of Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative reporter working for Radio Azadliq.

Azeri soldier killed in latest Nagorno-Karabakh clashes

An Azeri soldiers has been killed in the latest clashes between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. "Junior Sergeant Akhmed Tural, 24, was killed in a shootout with enemy forces as Armenia violated the ceasefire on October 9," said Azerbaijan's Defence Ministry in a statement on Friday. 

Eight Azeri soldiers killed in border clashes

Eight Azerbaijani soldiers are reported to have been killed during border clashes with Armenian troops near the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.  Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defense said that Armenian troops had increased their activity in the days leading up to the attack.

Two Armenian soldiers reportedly killed on Azerbaijani border

Armenia's Defence Ministry claims that two of its soldiers have been killed by Azerbaijani snipers along the two countries shared border. Artsur Hovannisan said the two men were shot dead at the country's south-western border on Thursday.  Azerbaijan has not commented on the accusation.

Armenian soldier killed in Nagorny Karabakh

An Armenian soldier has been killed by Azerbaijani troops in the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region.  In a statement the region's defence ministry said "20-year-old Artur Oganjanian died after he was mortally wounded on Tuesday by Azerbaijani troops at the southern sector of the line of separation of Azerbaijani and Karabakh forces".  Last year around 20 soldiers from both sides were killed in border skirmishes.

Ilham Aliyev re-elected for third term as president

Azerbaijan's president, Ilham Aliyev, has been re-elected for a third term in office in a landslide victory.  Exit polls suggest that Mr Aliyev received almost 85 percent of the national vote, which he described as a "triumph of democracy".

Anti-government protesters gather in Baku

Thousands of anti-government protesters have gathered in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, calling on President Ilham Aliyev to resign from office.  The demonstration in the Yasamal district was organised by the country's main opposition group, the National Council of Democratic Forces.

Azerbaijan Data Sheet

Population:
9.3 million
Major Religion/s:
Islam
International dialing code:
+994
International dialing prefix:
00
Emergency services:
Police 02, Medical 03, Fire 01
Drives:
Right
Voltage:
220V
Climate:
Extremely diverse, 9 out of 11 climate types exist in the country
Ohter Major Cities:
Ganja, Sumgait
Borders:
Russian Federation, Iran, Georgia, Armenia