Europe

Fighting persists in Nagorno-Karabakh after 30 forces killed

  • In this image from TV, a car lays destroyed with blood showing in the aftermath after heavy fighting erupted in Terter, Azerbaijan, Saturday April 2, 2016, between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.  Russia expressed grave concern on Saturday over the recent military conflict along the Azerbaijan-Armenia border, calling on all parties involved to stop fighting and exercise restraint. Officials from each of the former Soviet republics blamed the other on Saturday for the fighting which began overnight. (Kanal S TV via AP) TV OUT

    In this image from TV, a car lays destroyed with blood showing in the aftermath after heavy fighting erupted in Terter, Azerbaijan, Saturday April 2, 2016, between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Russia expressed grave concern on Saturday over the recent military conflict along the Azerbaijan-Armenia border, calling on all parties involved to stop fighting and exercise restraint. Officials from each of the former Soviet republics blamed the other on Saturday for the fighting which began overnight. (Kanal S TV via AP) TV OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image from TV, a car lays destroyed with blood showing in the aftermath after heavy fighting erupted in Terter, Azerbaijan, Saturday April 2, 2016, between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.  Russia expressed grave concern on Saturday over the recent military conflict along the Azerbaijan-Armenia border, calling on all parties involved to stop fighting and exercise restraint. Officials from each of the former Soviet republics blamed the other on Saturday for the fighting which began overnight. (Kanal S TV via AP) TV OUT

    In this image from TV, a car lays destroyed with blood showing in the aftermath after heavy fighting erupted in Terter, Azerbaijan, Saturday April 2, 2016, between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Russia expressed grave concern on Saturday over the recent military conflict along the Azerbaijan-Armenia border, calling on all parties involved to stop fighting and exercise restraint. Officials from each of the former Soviet republics blamed the other on Saturday for the fighting which began overnight. (Kanal S TV via AP) TV OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image from TV, a car destroyed with blood showing in the aftermath after heavy fighting erupted in Terter, Azerbaijan, Saturday April 2, 2016, between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.  Russia expressed grave concern on Saturday over the recent military conflict along the Azerbaijan-Armenia border, calling on all parties involved to stop fighting and exercise restraint. Officials from each of the former Soviet republics blamed the other on Saturday for the fighting which began overnight. (Kanal S TV  via AP) TV OUT

    In this image from TV, a car destroyed with blood showing in the aftermath after heavy fighting erupted in Terter, Azerbaijan, Saturday April 2, 2016, between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Russia expressed grave concern on Saturday over the recent military conflict along the Azerbaijan-Armenia border, calling on all parties involved to stop fighting and exercise restraint. Officials from each of the former Soviet republics blamed the other on Saturday for the fighting which began overnight. (Kanal S TV via AP) TV OUT  (The Associated Press)

Officials in Azerbaijan and the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh say fighting is persisting a day after the worst outburst of hostilities in nearly 20 years killed 30 soldiers.

Nagorno-Karabakh, part of Azerbaijan, has been under the control of local ethnic Armenian forces and the Armenian military since a war ended in 1994 with no resolution of the region's status. The conflict is fueled by long-simmering tensions between Christian Armenians and mostly Muslim Azeris.

A spokesman for Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry, Vagif Dargyakhly, told The Associated Press on Sunday that Azerbaijani positions came under fire overnight and that civilian areas also were hit.

Nagorno-Karabakh's Defense Ministry said Sunday that Azerbaijan was using rockets, artillery and armor against the region.

On Saturday, Armenia said 18 soldiers were killed and Azerbaijan reported 12 dead.