Armenia declares martial law following fighting with Azerbaijan in disputed area

New Delhi (NVI): A fierce fighting has erupted over disputed land between Armenia and Azerbaijan as Armenian forces hit 2 Azerbaijan choppers, following which tanks, aircraft and artillery were engaged.

Armenian defence ministry was quoted as saying by foreign media that Armenian forces hit three Azerbaijani tanks. However, there was no immediate word on casualties.

The fighting broke out around the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which has been a disputed land for decades.

Nagorno-Karabakh is an ethnically Armenian enclave within Azerbaijan that has been out of Azerbaijan’s control since the end of a war in 1994.

According to reports, both sides have heavy military presence along a demilitarized zone separating the region from the rest of Azerbaijan.

The fighting today began with an Azerbaijani attack, but Azerbaijan said the Armenian side attacked and that Azerbaijan launched a counteroffensive.

Meanwhile, Turkey has urged Armenia to immediately cease what it called hostility towards Azerbaijan that could “throw the region into fire”, following clashes.