STEPANAKERT (Combined Sources) — A tentative ceasefire has been holding between Nagorno-Karabagh (Artsakh) and Azerbaijan after the latter’s surprising attack.
The Armenian side said late on Thursday that its death toll after several days of clashes in Nagorno-Karabagh earlier this month has increased to 36. As many as 122 Armenian servicemen are wounded and 21 are missing, the NKR Defense Army Operative Department chief Victor Arstamyan said, summing up the date for April 1-6.
Active military operations in the conflict zone stopped on April 5 after bilateral agreement reached by the chiefs of general staffs of the Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces. Despite sporadic gunfire, the ceasefire arrangement has largely held since then.
According to Arstamyan, overall tensions considerably decreased during April 7, but in separate directions ceasefire violations with the use of firearms were registered. One Armenian soldier was wounded in the northern direction of the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabagh, and an enemy drone was destroyed in the Aghdam direction.
The Defense Army official said that of the 36 killed Armenian servicemen 9 are officers and warrant officers. “The difference in the number as compared to the previous day is due to the fact that the bodies of four soldiers were found on the battlefield, another serviceman was found alive,” he said.
NKR President Bako Sahakyan said that efforts were underway to assist the citizens whose property was affected by Azeri strikes.