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    Burning Embers: Nagorno-Karabakh Tensions Heat Up (191)

    A village in northwestern Iran has been hit by three mortal shells fired from Nagorno-Karabakh amid fighting between the breakaway region and Azerbaijan, a local Iranian official said on Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Iranian border guard called a meeting with officials from both conflicting sides, which were warned against repeating the incident, Deputy Governor-General of Iran's East Azerbaijan Province Saeed Shabestari Khiabani said.

    “Fortunately, other than incurring brief damage to a high-voltage electricity poles, which led to a power cut in the region, the incident caused no damages or casualties,” Khiabani said, as quoted by the Iranian Tasnim news agency.

    On Saturday, Armenia and Azerbaijan noted a sharp escalation of the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, with both sides accusing each other of violating the ceasefire that has been in place since 1994.

    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.

    Burning Embers: Nagorno-Karabakh Tensions Heat Up (191)


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