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    A house which was damaged during clashes between Armenian and Azeri forces, is seen in the town of Martakert in Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is controlled by separatist Armenians, April 3, 2016.

    Sputnik Reporters Come Under Fire in Nagorno-Karabakh

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    Sputnik reporters have been shelled in the city of Martakert in Nagorny-Karabakh region on Sunday.

    The correspondents of Sputnik Armenia have come under fire in the center of the city in Nagorno-Karabakh amid a sharp escalation of the situation in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area, with both sides accusing each other of violating the ceasefire that has been in place since 1994.

    Several explosions took place when the Sputnik reporters entered the center of Martakert. No one was injured, with locals hiding in bomb shelters to avoid the shelling.

    Earlier in the day, a Sputnik correspondent reported that artillery fire was exchanged by armed forces of Azerbaijan and the self-proclaimed Nagorno Karabakh Republic (NKR).

    The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh began in 1988, when the Armenian-dominated autonomous region sought to secede from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, before proclaiming independence after the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991. In September 2015, the conflict escalated, with the sides blaming each other for violating the truce.

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