Baku to probe alleged war crimes by both Azerbaijan, Armenia

More than 2,000 people have died since the fighting broke out on September 27, including many civilians. Armenia and Azerbaijan, two former Soviet republics, have been involved in a territorial conflict since they gained independence in the 1990s. Azerbaijan’s prosecutor-general Kamran Aliyev said that his office has “initiated an investigation into inhumane treatment of Armenian servicemen that were taken prisoner”. During the latest fighting, videos circulated on social media that allegedly showed executions of Armenian prisoners of war by Azerbaijani troops. EPA-EFE/AREG BALAYAN / ARMENIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY /

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Azerbaijan’s prosecutor general said on Wednesday that the country is investigating alleged war crimes committed by Armenian and Azerbaijani forces during six weeks of fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Nagorno-Karabakh, which is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, but is historically an ethnic Armenian region, has been the focal point of the conflict between the two nations. Armed clashes erupted on 27 September 2020 in the simmering territorial conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh territory along the contact line of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (also known as Artsakh). Azerbaijan is a law-based state and we are reacting to such facts”, he said, adding that Azerbaijan had also initiated 73 criminal cases of Armenian forces shelling civilian targets in Azerbaijan. “There are many fake videos. Armed clashes erupted on 27 September 2020 in the simmering territorial conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh territory along the contact line of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (also known as Artsakh). style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Baku to probe alleged war crimes by both Azerbaijan, Armenia

By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epa08724841 A handout photo made available by the Armenian Foreign Ministry shows a part of a rocket shell stucked in a street in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, 06 October 2020. EPA-EFE/AREG BALAYAN / ARMENIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY / HANDOUT MANDATORY CREDIT / HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

A handout photo made available by the Armenian Foreign Ministry shows a part of a rocket shell stucked in a street in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, 06 October 2020. Fighting has surged to its worst level since the 1990s, when about 30,000 people were killed. But we must say frankly that there also are videos which could be authentic.