Death toll in Azerbaijan-Armenia border clashes rises

Azerbaijan says 71 of its troops have been killed this week during border clashes with Armenia, which marked the worst fighting between the rival neighbours since their 2020 war over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Armenia said 105 of its soldiers died in the violence, which each side blames on the other.

The flare-up threatened to drag Turkey, Azerbaijan’s key backer, and Armenia’s ally Russia into a wider conflict at a time of already high geopolitical tensions.

Armenian authorities have accused Baku of unleashing a number of unprovoked cross-border attacks, while Azerbaijani officials claim their forces responded to initial Armenian “provocations”.

Al Jazeera was unable to independently verify the battlefield accounts from either side.

Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford reports from Baku, Azerbaijan.

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