INTERNATIONAL

Territorial Dispute: Azerbaijan-Armenia Fighting Continues

Heavy fighting continues between Armenian rebels and Azerbaijan over a decades long territorial dispute, with officials in the breakaway Karabakh region saying a total of 32 of its fighters killed.


In one of the world's oldest conflicts, a territorial dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan has re-erupted with the heaviest clashes in years.

At least 24 people were reported to have been killed as the two ex-soviet republics battled over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

The region is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but controlled by ethnic Armenians.

When it broke away in the early 1990s, tens of thousands died in fighting.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said he was confident of regaining control over the region.

Martial law has been declared amid the violence in some parts of Azerbaijan, as well as in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.

Border clashes in July killed at least 16 people, prompting the largest demonstration in years in the Azerbaijani capital Baku, where there were calls for the region's recapture.