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Armenian-Azeri forces clash tensions run high

By Narek Yegoyan

Two firefights reportedly took place on September 4 in the districts of Fizuli and Agdam in Azerbaijan, which are next to Nagorno-Karabakh and have been controlled by Armenian forces since 1993.

Azerbaijani officials claimed that 3 Armenians and 2 Azeris were killed in a skirmish near Nagorno-Karabakh, although authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh denied the claim.

"That did happen. One of our soldiers was injured in Agdam district, the second one in Fizuli, when Armenian forces fired our positions on September 4," RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service quoted Verdiyev as saying.

Armenian and Azerbaijani forces are spread across a ceasefire line in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, often facing each other at close range, and shootings often are common.

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