The Armenian Ministry of Defense has denounced the death of a military soldier from the shooting of a sniper from the Azerbaijan region in a new episode of escalating tensions on the border between the two countries.
“At around 1:10 a.m. on July 27, the Ashot Mikaelián military received a fatal wound from gunfire from an enemy sniper,” the Armenian government department said in a statement from the Sputnik news agency.
Since July 12, clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces have occurred on the border between the two countries, mainly in the north, on the border between the Azerbaijani region of Tovuz and the Armenian province of Tavush.
The two countries are also facing the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which dates back to 1988, when this area announced the separation of Azerbaijan from the majority Armenian population. Azerbaijan lost control of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven neighboring districts after the escalation of hostilities between 1992 and 1994.