The capital of Nagorno-Karabakh "hit" by Azerbaijan

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Stepanakert, the main town in the breakaway territory of Nagorno-Karabakh (also known as Nagorno-Karabakh), was "hit" on Friday by Azerbaijani forces, the Armenian defense ministry said, reporting "many injured".

There are many wounded among the civilian population, civilian infrastructure is damaged, indicated on his Facebook page a representative of the ministry, Artsroun Ovannissian, without further details on the nature of the strikes and the damage.

On site in Stepanakert, AFP journalists heard an explosion, followed by several ambulance sirens.

Several more explosions have been heard in recent hours, bomb warning sirens have sounded once and residents have had to take cover overnight.

Fighting between Armenians and Azerbaijanis on the Nagorno-Karabakh front raged on Friday for the sixth day in a row, with both sides accusing each other of having provoked hostilities.

According to the very partial reports communicated since Sunday, 190 people have died: 158 separatist soldiers, 13 Armenian civilians, and 19 Azerbaijani civilians. Baku has yet to report any military losses.

But the toll could be much heavier, Armenia claiming that 1,280 Azerbaijani soldiers are dead, while Baku claims to have killed at least 1,900 opposing soldiers.

Nagorno-Karabakh, mostly populated by Armenians, seceded from Azerbaijan, leading to a war in the early 1990s that left 30,000 dead. The front has been almost frozen since then, despite regular clashes, especially in 2016.

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