Azerbaijan and Armenia clash over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region

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Clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces have broken out in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said Azerbaijan launched an air and artillery attack, but the Armenian Armed Forces blocked it and shot down two helicopters and three drones.

Azerbaijan said Armenia had launched a massive shooting campaign along the entire front line.

The long-running conflict has flared up again in recent months.

At least 16 people were killed in border fighting in July.

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Both Armenia and Azerbaijan were part of the Soviet Union before their collapse in 1991.

For four decades they have been in an unresolved conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, which is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but controlled by ethnic Armenians.

Tensions last broke out in 2016, with countries fighting over the disputed area for four days.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has long tried to mediate a solution to the conflict. Diplomats from France, Russia and the US, which make up the OSCE-Minsk group, are trying to build on a ceasefire.

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