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Nearly 700 military personnel killed in Nagorno-Karabakh: Live - Al Jazeera English
Defence ministry of region records more casualties as Armenia, Azerbaijan blame each other for ceasefire violations.
- Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of violating the newly agreed truce.
- Defence ministry of the Nagorno-Karabakh region said the death toll among its military has risen to 673.
- Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed the ceasefire, which came into force at midnight on Sunday (20:00 GMT Saturday), following mediation by the co-chairs of the Minsk Group.
Civilians killed in Ganja as Nagorno-Karabakh conflict escalates - Al Jazeera English
Armenia rejects claims it was behind the attack that prompted Azerbaijan president to vow ‘revenge’.
At least 13 civilians including two children have been killed and more than 40 wounded in an attack on Azerbaijans second city of Ganja that Baku said was carried out by Armenia. A missile attack levelled a row of homes on Saturday, killing and badly injuring people in their sleep in a sharp escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Armenia denied it was behind the attack and in turn accused Azerbaijan of continued shelling on Stepanakert, the main city of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The attack on Ganja marks a sharp escalation in the conflict, with Azeri President Ilham Aliyev promising revenge. According to Hikmat Hajiyev, an assistant to the Azeri president, more than 20 houses were destroyed in the attack. Mushfiq Jafarov, a member of parliament from Ganja, told Al Jazeera that two children are among those killed. There are only civilians living here, said Jafarov. The attack on Ganja, which has a population of more than 300,000 people, came only six days after a missile struck another residential part of the city, killing 10 civilians and leaving many on edge. Fortunately my family and I were not at home, Sevil Aliyeva, a resident from Ganja, told Al Jazeera. My house is destroyed. Farhad Hasanov, a survivor of Ganja attack [Seymur Kazimov/Al Jazeera] Rescue workers are digging through the rubble to find survivors. One man was buried under the debris for 30 minutes before he was rescued. He said he was very tired and wanted this conflict to end soon. At around the same time in the city of Mingecevir, an hours drive north of Ganja, AFP news agency reported the impact of a huge blast that shook buildings. Mingecevir is protected by a missile defence system because it is home to a strategic dam, and it was not immediately clear if the missile was destroyed in the air or had made an impact. The defence ministry said Mingecevir had come under fire, but provided no other immediate details. An Azerbaijani official said a second missile hit a separate, industrial district of Ganja at around the same time. Al Jazeera correspondent Sinem Koseoglu, reporting from Baku, said Azerbaijan was trying to run the diplomacy channels. We just heard from the assistant to the president that he himself is delegating a group of foreign diplomats and military attaches to head to Ganja to see the explosion site, she said. Azeri officials said the Scud missile was fired from the Armenian territory, which the Armenians have consistently denied. Based on Armenias defence ministry spokespersons claims, Ganja is a military target because of [the presence of] some military units, battalions and brigades and some defence industry factories, Koseoglu said. Since October 4, Ganja has been targeted by rockets and ballistic missiles. These land in residential areas and the city centre, the most crowded dense residential areas. A resident sits amid the rubble and awaits the search for his relatives as rescue teams work at a site hit by a rocket during fighting over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan early on October 17, 2020 [Bulent Kilic/AFP] Hours after the shelling, the Azeri president said the countrys army would retaliate against Armenia and take revenge on the battlefield. Turkey, a close ally of Azerbaijan, condemned the attack and called it a war crime. Armenia still commits war crimes and massacres civilians, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in a tweet. Silence against this atrocity equals sharing responsibility of these murders. Armenian defence ministry denied the Azeri claim on shelling cities in Azerbaijan and accused Baku of continuing to shell populated areas inside Nagorno-Karabakh, including Stepanakert, the regions biggest city. Three civilians were wounded as a result of Azeri fire in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Armenian foreign ministry said. We woke up at 4am due to an awful blow, it was not just a strike, it was something more powerful we are scared, but we got used to it, Lika Zakaryan, a 26-year-old resident of Stepanakert, told Reuters news agency. Sometimes we felt as if they were hitting directly on us. Al Jazeeras Bernard Smith said Armenia is now under intense pressure, having lost control of some territory it has controlled since the 1994 ceasefire to Azerbaijan. The foreign ministry of Armenia has released a tweet and it says that consistent attempts by Azerbaijan to extend the geography of the conflict, plus irreversibly undermining regional security should be condemned in the strongest terms, Smith said, speaking from the Armenian town of Vorotan. Armenia is accusing Azerbaijan of taking this territory militarily rather than the negotiations over which both sides agreed to take part in. The fighting which began on September 27 is the worst in the region since Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces went to war in the 1990s over Nagorno-Karabakh, a breakaway Azeri region predominantly populated and governed by ethnic Armenians. More than 700 people, including nearly 80 civilians, have been killed in the conflict so far. Additional reporting by Seymur Kazimov in Ganja
Nagorno-Karabakh: Sirens, shelling and shelters in Stepanakert - Al Jazeera English
The main city in the disputed mountain region resembles a ghost town, where people share stories of grief underground.
Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh An elderly couple walks slowly to one of the citys few remaining open shops. A car filled with men in fatigues, waving as they pass by, heads towards the eastern edge of the city and the front line. Journalists in front of the Hotel Europe, wearing helmets and ballistic jackets, plan their day. The wail of air sirens is a regular feature, forcing anyone outside to hurry for cover. This is a scene in Stepanakert, the main city in Nagorno-Karabakh, or the capital of the unrecognised Republic of Artsakh, as Armenians know it. Three weeks into the war, it is a ghost town, its population having fled into shelters or further into Armenia. There are usually about 55,000 people in the city, accounting for roughly a third of Nagorno-Karabakhs entire population. Stepanakert is normally bustling and in some ways, it is more modern than cities in Armenia, save Yerevan. An influx of donations by wealthy diaspora Armenians has resulted in roads, clinics and hotels that would not be out of place in a European capital. Now, the few civilians left here are consigned to underground life in the shelters. We came here on the morning of September 27, the first day of the fighting, says Anyuta, 32. A native of Martakert, now a key front-line town in the disputed mountain region, she and her two young children have now spent more than two weeks in the bunker. Anyutas spirits are high, as are her sons, who smiles and waves. Were doing good here. Its safe, and we have supplies. Like most others, she has family on the front lines. My brother stayed behind, he is fighting [in Martakert] now, she said. Her father is also battling Azerbaijani forces. They dont need him to fight, but he wants to. But not everyone is holding together as well. My sisters husband died in the first war [from 1988-1994], said Nurvard, 69, her voice shaking. My sisters son died two days ago. We had his funeral at night. His mother didnt even see her sons body. Her family has given much to the conflict. I have four grandsons fighting on the front right now, she said. One of them died three days ago. The others are still there. What do the Turks want with us? She breaks into tears and turns away. Armenia and Azerbaijan renewed their decades-long conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh at the end of September. The region is inside Azerbaijan but run by ethnic Armenians who either want to secede or join Armenia. The casualties at the front line have been severe. As of October 15, according to Armenian officials, 604 Armenian and Karabakh soldiers had been confirmed killed. With a combined population of barely three million, that is the equivalent of the United States losing more than 60,000 men in less than three weeks of fighting. Azerbaijan does not release details of its military casualties, but it is widely understood the death tolls across the board are higher than what has been officially recorded so far. Touring Stepanakert, it is clear that the carnage has not been limited to the battlefield. Most of the city remains intact, but there are pockets of heavy destruction. In one area, a two metre-deep (6.5 feet) crater straddles the road; in another, the twisted metal of what was once a car stands in front of a blasted house. The current civilian death toll in Karabakh, according to the latest report released on Sunday by Artak Beglaryan, the territorys human rights ombudsman, stands at 31. Women take refuge in a bomb shelter during the military conflict in Stepanakert [AP] An additional 106 civilians have been wounded, some reportedly by cluster munitions, an internationally banned weapon. Amnesty International said on October 5 it had identified Israeli-made M095 DPICM cluster munitions that appear to have been fired by Azerbaijani forces. Azerbaijan has also accused Armenia of using cluster munitions. The two sides regularly deny the others claims regarding attacks. Missile strikes have not spared critical civilian infrastructure either. Shelling on Stepanakerts main power station resulted in a citywide blackout on October 3. Its very visible that Azerbaijan is making an effort to break civilian infrastructure, Beglaryan told Al Jazeera. They have hit electricity systems, communications, gas supplies, and others. This can have a large effect as winter approaches. Some of these effects are already apparent. While the citys electricity has been restored, mobile internet is down across Karabakh. And while the shelling has eased in the past week, it has not stopped. This week is much better than last, said Vazgen, a 65-year old taxi driver whose two sons are on the front lines. Last Friday, it was so bad the whole building was shaking. He and his friends are unfazed by the sirens. They prefer to spend their time smoking and playing backgammon in the alley outside the shelter. If I ran away every time I heard a noise, I wouldnt have been a very good soldier, he laughs, recalling his army service in the early 1990s. But even he has his limits. My son is at the front now, he said. We won the war, but we couldnt finish it. We just passed it down to them. An elderly woman throws a piece of glass from her balcony in an apartment building damaged by shelling by Azerbaijans artillery during a military conflict in Stepanakert [AP] According to analysts, the destruction of Stepanakert is not likely to be accidental. When asked if Azerbaijan is intentionally attacking civilian areas, Richard Giragosian, director of the Yerevan-based Regional Studies Center, said: Of course. I think its pretty clear from the cluster bombs, the attack on the church, the indiscriminate fire, that they are. Many of the targets hit have no combat value. Militarily, it makes no sense, Giragosian says. Its psychological warfare, a sign of desperation. [Azerbaijan is] trying to break the will of the population. The International Committee of the Red Cross says that hundreds of buildings have already been destroyed in the conflict. Stepanakert these days feels like the latest of the ghost towns that populated the no-mans land between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces. Its few remaining inhabitants are all that separate the city from being a modern version of Agdam, the city of once 50,000 that has lain abandoned and overgrown at the eastern edge of Karabakh for almost 30 years. For Lyudmila, a 45-year old cafeteria worker, she hopes this war will be the last. This is already the third war I have seen, she said, referencing the initial conflict and 2016s so-called Four Day War. How many more will there be? The distant thump of artillery fire echoes behind her words. In this handout photo released by the Armenian Foreign Ministry on Monday, September 28, 2020, people watch the State TV as they gather in a bomb shelter to protect against the shelling in Stepanakert, the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan [Armenian Foreign Ministry via AP]
Azerbaijan warns Armenia against hitting gas pipelines: Live news - Al Jazeera English
Azeri leader says Armenia would face a ‘severe outcome’ if it targets strategic pipelines in Nagorno-Karabakh.
- Azeri leader warns Armenia against targeting gas pipelines
- Russian defence minister reiterates calls for truce
- Red Cross expects thousands will need support in coming months
‘I feel powerful’: Trump on campaign trail after COVID ‘recovery’ - Al Jazeera English
President Trump tells his supporters ‘we are going to win four more years’ as he addresses rally in Florida.
US President Donald Trump, who was confined in a hospital and the White House for 10 days due to COVID-19 hit the campaign trail on Monday addressing his supporters in the battleground state of Florida nearly three weeks until he faces Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the election. I went through it and now they say Im immune, Trump told a cheering crowd in Sanford, near Orlando, few of whom wore masks. I feel so powerful. Ill walk in there, Ill kiss everyone in that audience. Ill kiss the guys and the beautiful women, just give you a big fat kiss. Trumps medical team announced he had tested negative and was no longer contagious as he flew to Florida the first of four battleground states he plans to visit over the next four days. His claim of immunity, however, is unproven. Trump has faced mounting criticism over his handling of the coronavirus, which has killed 214,000 people in the United States and infected nearly eight million. He has also been faulted for downplaying the threat from the pandemic and failing to encourage supporters at campaign events and even White House staff, to wear protective masks and abide by social-distancing guidelines. At least 11 close Trump aides have tested positive for the coronavirus, which has become one of the main poll issues in the November 3 elections, along with economy and race. Trailing his Democratic challenger by double digits in the polls, Trump is seeking to rally his base on a blitz of key swing states. In rare form just a week after his release from hospital, Trumps hour-long speech called on all of his campaign classics: vicious attacks against Crooked Hillary Clinton and the corrupt press, alarmist warnings against the radical left and the socialist nightmare. Clinton was runner-up in the last presidential election. Trump also mocked his opponent, whom he has nicknamed Sleepy Joe, saying that practically nobody showed up to Bidens campaign event. Unlike Trump, Biden has been following public health guidelines during the pandemic, hosting socially distanced campaign events that sharply contrast with Trumps packed, largely maskless extravaganzas including a recent celebration at the White House described by experts as a superspreader. Unconscionable Oh, do I like Florida, Trump told the crowd. The state could play a crucial role on November 3. The president brushed aside poll numbers, saying: Four years ago we had the same thing. We are going to lose Florida, they said four years ago. Twenty-two days from now, we are going to win this state, we are going to win four more years in the White House! he added. These rallies generally are his base, Aaron Kall, director of debate at the University of Michigan, told Al Jazeera. People that are predisposed to vote for him likely voted for him in 2016. But in order to win the re-election hes going to have to reach out further than that, to moderate independent voters, maybe to people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 and were disaffected. Trump also lauded his nominee for Supreme Court justice, Amy Coney Barrett. The Republican-controlled Senate will begin hearings for the 48-year-old judge, whose confirmation over which there is little doubt will shift the nations highest court firmly to the right, possibly for generations. Shes going to be a fantastic US Supreme Court Justice, Trump said. Before Trump, 74, left for Florida, his physician Dr Sean Conley said the president was now negative and no longer infectious to others following consecutive rapid tests and taking into account a number of other health metrics. Patients are normally classed as negative only after taking the more sensitive PCR test drawing suspicion from experts on social media that Trumps doctors had administered these but had not received the results they were looking for. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to members of the media before boarding his campaign plane at New Castle Airport, in New Castle, Delaware en route to Ohio [Carolyn Kaster/AP] Biden, meanwhile, attacked the president ahead of the rally for playing down the threat of the virus early in the pandemic. Trump knew how dangerous the disease was but did nothing, Biden said ahead of the rally. Why didnt he tell us? Why didnt he warn us? His reckless personal conduct since his diagnosis has been unconscionable, Biden added. The longer Donald Trump is president, the more reckless he seems to get. Double-digit lead Biden specifically attacked Trumps planned Florida visit, saying he was bringing nothing but divisive rhetoric, and fear-mongering to the Sunshine State. But, equally dangerous is what he fails to bring: no plan to get this virus that has taken the lives of over 15,000 Floridians under control, Biden said. The president is also to visit Pennsylvania, Iowa and North Carolina this week as part of a push to make up ground on Biden, who has a double-digit lead in the national polls according to the RealClearPolitics website. Trump won Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa and North Carolina the four states he is visiting this week in 2016 against Clinton but is trailing Biden in all four this time around, according to a RealClearPolitics average of state polls. Biden has, however, razor-thin leads in Iowa and North Carolina, according to RealClearPolitics, but is leading by more substantial margins in Florida and Pennsylvania 3.7 points and 7.1 points, respectively. Early in-person voting began on Monday in another close state, Georgia, although pictures of hours-long lines that went viral on social media led to accusations of voter suppression. More than 10 million Americans have already cast their ballots in the US presidential contest, a tracking group said late Monday, a record pace three weeks before election day.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is ushering in a new age of warfare - Al Jazeera English
Drones, sensors and long-range weapons have given one side a clear edge in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Both Armenia and Azerbaijan, traditional enemies, have been building up their armed forces over the last decade. They fought a bloody war that ended in 1994, in which tens of thousands of people were killed and hundreds of thousands were displaced on both sides. Azerbaijans army collapsed and Armenia took control of several regions, including the key regions of Fuzuli and Jabrayil in the south, bordering Iran. President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan has been explicit in his desire to return these regions to Azerbaijan. The country has a defence and mutual assistance pact with its neighbour and ally Turkey. Extensive joint exercises were held in late July and early August with, according to Azerbaijan, as many as 11,000 Turkish troops taking part, with units training alongside each other. Turkish Air Force fighter jets, armed drones and long range-artillery trained alongside the Azerbaijani armed forces. The exercises were run just after a bloody clash between the two enemies in early July lasting several days in which drone warfare was prominent. Tanks and armoured vehicles take part in a comprehensive joint military exercise between Turkey and Azerbaijan in Baku, Azerbaijan on August 6, 2020 [Azerbaijan Defense Ministry/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images] Drones and more drones The use of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has been increasing in battlefields across the world and the current conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia is no exception. Images of armoured vehicles being destroyed, regardless of attempts at camouflage, flooded Western media outlets as Armenian tanks were swiftly targeted by armed drones. Azerbaijan has been steadily building up its force of UAVs. Israel, a major drone exporter, has been supplying the Azeri armed forces with loitering munitions like the Harop, which were used to great effect in the previous major skirmish in 2016, dubbed the Four Day War. This is a new class of munition which is essentially a Kamikaze or suicide UAV. A combination of bomb and drone, it loiters over the battlefield, its remote operator searching for targets. Once found, the drone is flown into the target, destroying both itself and the target. The Harop, or Harpy, could be heard due to its engine but newer models of Kamikaze UAV like the Skystriker and Orbiter 1K, recently supplied by Israel to Azerbaijan, use electric motors and are virtually silent until they start their attack dive. The explosion of a downed Azerbaijani drone in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region in April 2016 [Vahram Baghdasaryan/Photolure via AP] More recently, Azerbaijan has bought the operationally successful Bayraktar TB2 from Turkey and has used them with great success. Cheap and effective, they have more advanced optics, sensors and can return to base, swiftly refuel, rearm and be back in the air again, hovering over the battlefield looking for fresh targets. Drones have one more important effect. Their cameras, filming the destruction of a target in clear, unwavering high definition video, allow a country to dominate the propaganda narrative. Media outlets were saturated with images of Armenian armour and artillery being effortlessly destroyed, not the other way round. Despite Azerbaijani losses, the Armenian armed forces, for the most part, did not have cameras trained on their intended target. These images have enhanced Azerbaijans sense of success on the battlefield, presenting an image of near-total Azerbaijani victory. Sensors: Eyes over the battlefield It is not just the use of drones that has been so decisive. The modern battlespace is filling up with sensors, making it far easier to spot an adversary from far off. Drones, armed or not, are effectively sensor platforms, feeding vital information about the enemies movements back to command centres. This, coupled with ground detection radar which is able to pick up moving or concealed tanks and armoured vehicles, day or night means that it is now increasingly hard to hide on the battlefield. With movement, and therefore tactics, detected, long-range artillery and air raids are brought to bear, often with devastating results. Turkey used this successfully in northern Syria and these lessons have clearly been passed on to the Azerbaijanis in their recent joint exercises. In video released by Azerbaijans Defense Ministry on October 1, 2020, an unmanned aerial vehicle flies over a site where Azerbaijans forces attack the Armenian armys artillery during fighting in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region [Azerbaijan Defense Ministry via AP] These tactics have been so effective that many commentators have openly talked about the demise of the tank as an effective instrument of warfare. There is no doubt that tactics will have to change in order for it to survive. Electronic jamming of radar and drone signals to counter the enemys sensors, effectively blinding them and sending in tanks with adequate air defence are two potential changes. The basic fact remains that the tank is still an extremely useful and flexible tool in the taking and holding of ground alongside troops, which is the basic premise of industrial-level ground warfare. Still, this has not stopped larger militaries from reconsidering how effective their large fleets of tanks, with their operational roots in World War Two, would be in a future war. The US Marines Corp is downsizing its number of heavy tanks and the British army is also considering the same, preferring nimbler, more enabled, net-centric forces that would not only survive but prevail in the conflicts of the future. The preference for sensors, drones and long-range attack weapons is what will end up defining success on the modern battlefield. Long-range attacks While long-range artillery and air attacks have been around for over a century, their increasing accuracy is something that militaries are only now coming to grips with. Combined with the clouds of sensors saturating the battlefield, these new systems have the ability to travel further with pinpoint accuracy, no longer needing to blanket an area with warheads in order to guarantee destruction of a target. They are now able to find and destroy a target sometimes hundreds of kilometres away. Azerbaijans special forces are seen during comprehensive military exercises of air and land forces in Baku, Azerbaijan on September 24, 2020 [Azerbaijan Defense Ministry/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images] Azerbaijan, despite falling oil revenues, has invested heavily in these systems, buying Israeli LORA ballistic missiles that have a range of up to 400km (about 250 miles) and an accuracy of 10 metres (about 33 feet). These, as well as other long-range attack weapons, were part of a $5bn military and security equipment deal signed between the two countries in 2016. Azerbaijan is considered a strategic partner of Israel, supplying it with nearly 40 percent of its oil. With allies such as Israel, Turkey and to a certain extent Russia, Azerbaijan has had no problem buying modern weapons in order to settle the score with its neighbour and bitter rival Armenia. Russia is in an awkward position, as it has a base in Armenia but has supplied weapons to both countries, both ex-Soviet republics. Azerbaijans larger military, now heavily armed and trained by Turkey in the effective use of these systems, has given it an edge which it seeks to use to secure victory on the battlefield and leverage the return of areas it sees as Azerbaijani, lost in the last war. Training is key, as it is the fusion of these systems sensors to give them unblinking eyes across the entire battlespace, long-range weapons to give them serious reach once targets have been detected and drones to accomplish both and destroy targets near-instantly have given the Azerbaijani armed forces a clear edge in this current conflict.
Azerbaijan says seven dead in overnight Armenian shelling: Live - Al Jazeera English
Azerbaijan and Armenia accuse each other of violating ceasefire brokered by Russia.
At least seven people have been killed in overnight Armenian bombardment in Azerbaijans second city of Ganja, the Azeri defence ministry said, less than 24 hours after a ceasefire in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory was agreed. The Russia-brokered truce, put in place after marathon talks in Moscow between both sides, was meant to halt fighting to allow ethnic Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh and Azeri forces to swap prisoners and war dead. Both sides accused each other of violating the terms of the truce merely minutes after it came into effect. This is Al Jazeeras continuing coverage of the latest developments of the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. Here are the latest updates: 08:45 GMT Armenians in Argentina decry Nagorno-Karabakh conflict Hundreds of people from Argentinas Armenian community demonstrated Saturday in Buenos Aires, calling for an end to fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh. They marched from the Azerbaijan embassy and gathered in front of Turkeys embassy, which has been accused of military support for Azerbaijan in the conflict. Ankara denies the charge. Diana Dergarabetian, a second-generation Argentinian-Armenian, lamented shelling in the region. The losses are deplorable on both sides, she told AFP. This struggle is not against the people of Azerbaijan. The Armenian people are defending their right to self-determination. 08:15 GMT Karabakh leader says situation calmer but truce fragile The leader of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region said hostilities with Azerbaijan have reduced on the second day of the ceasefire, but that the truce was precarious. It seems that since this morning it is calmer, but that can change very quickly, Arayik Harutyunyan told journalists in the regional capital Stepanakert. 08:00 GMT No casualties in overnight shelling of Stepanakert Overnight shelling in the administrative city of Nagorno-Karabakh, Stepanakert, resulted in no casualties, with residents saying the second day of the ceasefire has been much quieter. The ceasefire [was] wobbling heavily overnight but is quieter it seems this morning, said Al Jazeeras Bernard Smith, speaking from the Armenian town of Goris. Residents of Stepanakert welcomed the truce, but warned against a temporary fixture. A ceasefire is certainly good, but the problem must be solved, said Boris Grigoryan, a barber. You cant have a ceasefire and several years later, a war again. A ceasefire must solve the problem that is our independence. 07:40 GMT Death toll expected to rise in Ganja, says Al Jazeera correspondent The targeting of a building in Ganja has resulted in the injury of more than 40 people, including at least 10 children, Al Jazeeras Sinem Koseoglu said. Speaking from the site where seven people have been killed, Koseoglu said the search and rescue teams are digging through the rubble and are expecting to find more bodies. The impact of the explosion is very wide, she said. We heard from the officials that this is a ballistic missile that hit the area. The diameter of the explosion area from where the missile hit is more than 10 metres deep. Ganja and Mingachevir cities have no active artillery units deployed there. No single rocket or bullet was fired from this cities. Yet Armenian army targets them. And somehow they keep hitting only civilian targets. Khadija Ismayilova (@Khadija_Ismayil) October 11, 2020 Koseoglu added that the Azeri industrial city of Mingecevir was also targeted by two ballistic missiles around 4am local time. The ceasefire seems to be totally violated and out of order. Citizens of Azerbaijan are not happy with the ceasefire because they have lost many civilians and military personnel in the conflict. 06:30 GMT Armenian shelling leaves seven dead: Azerbaijan Azerbaijan said on Sunday that shelling by Armenian forces on the countrys second-largest city had left seven people dead, a day after a ceasefire between the two sides had been due to take effect. A new nightly missile attack by Armenian forces on (a) residential area of Ganja, left seven dead and 33 wounded including children, Azerbaijans foreign ministry wrote on Twitter on Sunday. The defence ministry in the breakaway region said Armenian forces were respecting the ceasefire and in turn accused Azerbaijan of shelling civilian areas. Reports of Karabakh forces shelling Ganja is an absolute lie, it added.
Casualties as tourist plane and microlight jet collide in France - Al Jazeera English
No details about the identities of the victims or the causes of the collision have so far been released.
A tourist plane and a microlight aircraft have collided in western France, local authorities said five died, the prosecutor said at least two were killed, but the overall toll is still uncertain. The small microlight carrying two people collided with a DA40 tourist plane with three people on board at about 4:30 pm local time (14:30 GMT) on Saturday in Loches in the Indre-et-Loire department, local government official Nadia Seghier told the AFP news agency. (The microlight) landed on the fence around a house without harming anyone else, (the DA40) several hundred metres away in an uninhabited area, Seghier said. All five people involved died. Air emergency staff from Lyon were brought in at first to track down the plane, which was quickly found, the prefecture said. Gregoire Dulin, a prosecutor from nearby Tours, told AFP that there was little reliable information about who was involved.We may think that five people have died, but thats not totally certain, there are at least two for sure, Dulin said. Some 50 firefighters were called out while 30 gendarmes set up road detours around the crash sites. A witness told AFP that the crash zone was totally blockaded and locals had been told to stay in their homes. No details about the identities of the victims or the causes of the collision have so far been released. Police in Loches has taken over the investigation into the crash. Collisions between microlights and other aircraft are rare, although an August 2019 crash between a microlight and a helicopter over the Spanish island of Mallorca killed seven including two minors.
Doctor says Trump is free of COVID-19-symptoms and fever - Al Jazeera English
With four weeks until US election day, Donald Trump is seeking to put a spark back in his struggling re-election bid.
US President Donald Trump has had no COVID-19 symptoms for the past 24 hours, with a physical examination and his vital signs showing his condition remains stable, White House physician Sean Conley has said. Conley, in a statement released with Trumps permission on Wednesday, said the president has been fever-free for more than four days and had neither needed nor received any supplemental oxygen since his initial hospitalisation. Trump was hospitalised on Friday after tests showed he had contracted COVID-19. He returned to the White House on Monday. But Trump, under coronavirus quarantine in the White House and restricted from travelling, is seeking ways to put a spark back in his struggling re-election bid and get behind his desk in the Oval Office with four weeks left until election day. Supporters of US President Donald Trump gathering in Miami, Florida, US [Marco Bello/Reuters] He has been looking for options on how to get his message out and cut into Democrat Joe Bidens lead in battleground states where the November 3 election will be decided, advisers said. They said they had been discussing Trump delivering a national address, while a speech to senior voters is being contemplated for Thursday. Vice President Mike Pences debate with Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris in Salt Lake City will take centre stage of the campaign on Wednesday evening. Complications abound. Trump aides say he is impatient to get back on the campaign trail and insistent on debating Biden on October 15 in Miami, but Biden said on Tuesday he will not participate if Trump is not virus-free. US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden criticised Trumps decision to end negotiations on a coronavirus stimulus bill [Brendan McDermid/Reuters] The White Houses chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said on Wednesday that Trump was eager to get back to work in the Oval Office. He has been working from a makeshift space in his residence in the White House since returning on Monday from three days in hospital. He wanted to go to the Oval yesterday. If he decides to go the Oval, weve got safety protocols there, Meadows told reporters, adding there would be adequate personal protective equipment and ventilation. He described Trump, who has received treatment with a steroid that is normally used in the most severe cases, as being in very good health. Any political boost Trump could get from a fresh injection of stimulus money into Americans pockets appears to be out of reach after he abruptly ended negotiations with Democrats on Tuesday, with both sides far apart on how much money to devote to a deal. Both Biden and the top Democrat in the US Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, accused Trump of abandoning needy Americans. Republican Senator Susan Collins, facing a tough re-election bid in her home state of Maine, called Trumps move a huge mistake. The president turned his back on you, Biden said in a Twitter post. The President turned his back on you. pic.twitter.com/oeI8dck2LL Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 6, 2020 With layoffs in key industries mounting by the day and threatening the fragile economic recovery, Trump late on Tuesday urged Congress to quickly pass $25bn in funding for passenger airlines, $135bn for small businesses and provide $1,200 stimulus checks for Americans. But White House officials on Wednesday downplayed the likelihood of any kind of stimulus being passed before the election. Trumps drive to get Judge Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to the vacant seat on the Supreme Court by the Republican-controlled Senate before the election also may be in doubt, since three Republican senators have been infected with the coronavirus and may not be able to vote. A wave of infections at the White House among Trumps top lieutenants and press office aides has left the West Wing struggling to find its footing. The latest infection came on Tuesday when immigration hawk and chief speechwriter Stephen Miller put out word he had tested positive. ABC News said its count of cases related to the White House was now 23, including Trump and his wife, Melania.
France to push for Nagorno-Karabakh dialogue: Live news - Al Jazeera English
France, Russia and the US will lead talks in Geneva and Moscow in upcoming days without preconditions.
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- France, Russia and US to lead talks in upcoming days