According to Russian news agencies, the clashes erupted on Tuesday due to hostilities related to the decades-old conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
“At 00:05 (2005 GMT) on Tuesday, Azerbaijan launched intense shelling with artillery and heavy caliber firearms, on Armenian military positions in the direction of the cities of Goris, Sotak and Jermuk,” the Armenian Defense Ministry said.
The Armenian Defense Ministry claimed that the Azerbaijani armed forces launched artillery shelling on the Armenian border towns on Tuesday morning. She added that the raid included drones and heavy caliber firearms.
The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry responded with a statement acknowledging the strikes, but said the strikes were “small-scale” and “aimed at ensuring the security of Azerbaijan’s borders.”
The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry on Monday accused the Armenian forces of firing small arms in the direction of Novoivanovka settlement in Gadabay district and Hosulu settlement in Lachin district near the border between the two countries. Armenia has denied the allegations, CNN reported.
In 2020, the two countries clashed over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, a landlocked region between Eastern Europe and Western Asia inhabited and controlled by ethnic Armenians but located in Azerbaijani territory.