Armenian Defense Ministry said on Sunday it was checking reports about combatants from Syria who are allegedly fighting for the Azerbaijan's side in clashes over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh province.
Hikmet Hajiyev, the foreign policy aide to the Azeri president, dismissed the report carried by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as "nonsense".
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At least 16 military and several civilians were killed on Sunday in the heaviest clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan since 2016, reigniting concern about stability in the South Caucasus, a corridor for pipelines carrying oil and gas to world markets.
#Armenia has declared martial law and total military mobilization following clashes with #Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan says.https://t.co/1Tzzm3F18o pic.twitter.com/RBmaKBu2rq— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) September 27, 2020