Azerbaijan's army enters Aghdam, Armenian district handed back in peace deal

Armenian soldiers evacuate their headquarters from the town of Aghdam on Nov. 19, 2020 as the territory is due to be returned to Azerbaijan. (AFP)

Azerbaijan’s army said Friday it had entered the district of Aghdam, the first of three to be handed back by Armenia as part of a Russian-brokered peace deal to end fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

“Units of the Azerbaijan Army entered the Aghdam region on November 20,” Azerbaijan’s defense ministry said of the district, which had been controlled by Armenian separatists for nearly 30 years.

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Last Update: Friday, 20 November 2020 KSA 08:11 - GMT 05:11