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Coronavirus thrives in Karabakh's bomb shelters

Stepanakert - Close quarters, poor ventilation and no masks: in the cellars of Stepanakert, the capital of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh province, residents who have not fled fierce fighting may be safe from shelling, but not coronavirus.

Red Cross Karabakh head urges rivals to spare civilians

Barda - The head of a Red Cross mission monitoring the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict called on Thursday for all parties to stop shelling civilians and respect international law in fighting that has killed nearly 1,000 people.

Free wartime daily bread for Stepanakert residents

Stepanakert - An unprepossessing hangar, grey and tatty with cardboard-covered windows, houses a bakery whose bread is a boon for residents and soldiers alike caught up in the fighting in Nagorno Karabakh's capital Stepanakert.

Mayor of desolated Karabakh village vows to 'rebuild everything'

- Dressed in military fatigues, the mayor of Martakert leans on his desk topped with coils of cables and two landline telephones in a makeshift basement office, his Kalashnikov rifle resting behind him.

Virus secondary as civilians try to survive Karabakh battle

- Two ripe squashes sit under a chair in a basement sheltering Azerbaijanis from the shells falling along the Nagorno-Karabakh frontline.

Tension and defiance in trenches of Karabakh

Stepanakert - Scorched grass, some trees on the horizon and coils of barbed wire are visible from a small slit in the wall protecting a trench on the frontline of Nagorno-Karabakh.

New fighting over Karabakh despite ceasefire

Stepanakert - A new ceasefire agreed between Armenia and Azerbaijan to halt fighting over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh was again failing to hold on Monday as both sides accused each other of fresh attacks.

At Stepanakert cemetery, mothers weep for sons lost in Karabakh fighting

Stepanakert - Kneeling beside Tigran Petrosyan's body draped in the flag of Nagorno-Karabakh, his mother pressed her cheek to his face one last time."My son, how are you... my son, how are you," she repeated, her voice shaking and her eyes filled with tears.

'Reclaimed ruins': Azerbaijan shows off Karabakh conquests

Fizuli - They conquered withered vineyards and left behind burnt carcases of tanks to plant an Azerbaijani flag atop a barren hill on the edge of Nagorno-Karabakh -- overlooking nothing at all.

Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of violating humanitarian truce

Stepanakert - Armenia on Sunday accused Azerbaijan of violating a fresh humanitarian truce aimed at halting weeks of fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region that has claimed hundreds of lives.

Missile strikes on Azerbaijan cities after separatist capital shelled

Ganja - A missile strike levelled several homes in Azerbaijan's second city of Ganja on Saturday, with one resident telling AFP he saw seven victims pulled out of the rubble.

Doctors in Karabakh hospital basement feel frontline effect

Stepanakert - In the basement of a hospital in Nagorno-Karabakh, nurses take off the jacket of a young soldier with a bandaged hand, his gaze empty. Nearby, another lies on a bed, his foot dressed in a bloody gauze.

Grief and pride: Azerbaijani family mourns lost soldier

- "Oh my son!" the kneeling mother sang in mournful prayer over the grave of an Azerbaijani soldier as shells exploded just beyond the horizon along the frontline of Nagorno-Karabakh."He left his mother alone.

Karabakh city shelled following brief ceasefire calm

Stepanakert - The capital of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region in Azerbaijan was shelled on Thursday, Armenian separatists in the province said, ending a lull in bombardments brought on by a ceasefire.

Karabakh residents face lurking threat of unexploded cluster bombs

Stepanakert - A dozen clucking chickens dart around a small cylindrical object embedded deep in the dirt of their hillside coop, with the tell-tale fins of a cluster bomb emerging from the earth.

'Basic safety': Trenches stretch along Karabakh front

- Bayran Khalilov knew trouble was brewing when Azerbaijani government men came to dig trenches in his backyard facing the mountains of Nagorno-Karabakh.

'Everyone wants a flag': Turkey support lifts spirits in Azerbaijan

Ganja - Azerbaijani store owner Ibrahim Mammadov bought a fabric press machine and began selling Turkish flags the moment the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict flared back up last month.He says it could not have been a wiser investment.

Azerbaijan strikes inside Armenia as Karabakh fighting widens

- Azerbaijan said Wednesday it destroyed missile launchers inside Armenia that were targeting its cities, an escalation that threatens to further draw regional powers Russia and Turkey into the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.

New Karabakh fighting defies ceasefire pleas as toll mounts

Stepanakert - Armenian and Azerbaijani forces engaged in new fighting on Tuesday over the Nagorno-Karabakh region despite pleas to observe a ceasefire, as the Red Cross warned hundreds of thousands were already affected by the conflict.

'So, so frightened': civilians shelter from Karabakh shelling

- Tears didn't well up in Tatyana Pashayeva's eyes until the shells were exploding all around as she hid in an Azerbaijani basement by the Nagorno-Karabakh frontline."I am so, so frightened," the 56-year-old whispered.
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