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Armenia Declare Martial Law Against Neighboring Country Azerbaijan

By: Eris Lowdermilk

Armenia recently declared martial law against Azerbaijan on Sunday, Sept 27. Armenia says that the country had executed an air and artillery attack on Nagorno-Karabakh.

As both sides have reported casualties, President of Azerbaijani, Ilham Aliyev said Armenian troops "fired on our settlements, as well as our military positions," the state news agency reported. And, that the Azerbaijani army "is currently firing on the enemy's military positions, and as a result of these strikes, many units of the enemy's military equipment have been destroyed."

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Armenia's prime minister, wrote on Twitter: "At the decision of the Government, martial law and general mobilization is being declared in the Republic of #Armenia. I call on the personnel attached to the troops to present themselves to their district commissariats. For the fatherland, for victory." 

The EU has since made a statement about the two countries: "calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities, de-escalation and for strict observance of the ceasefire."

Armenia and Azerbaijan have both sought over the land of Nagorno-Karabakh for six years until it ceased in 1994. Nagorno-Karabakh is full of mountains and the population is mainly Armenian and es officially a region of Azerbaijan. 

Dallison, Paul. (2020, September 27). Armenia declares martial law after clashes with Azerbaijan. Politico.

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