Azerbaijan lost almost 2,800 soldiers in Nagorno-Karabakh fighting - report
Azerbaijan’s military has released casualty figures from the recent conflict over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, saying 2,783 troops were killed and over 100 are still missing, according to the Globe and Mail.
1,245 troops are still being treated in medical facilities. Azerbaijan also says that 94 civilians were killed and over 400 were wounded by shelling.
Armenia also released similar casualty figures on Wednesday, with the Armenian Health Ministry saying that over 2,718 Armenian servicemen were killed in the fighting. Dozens of Armenian civilians were also killed, it said.
Fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenian lasted from Sept.r 29 until Nov. 10, when the countries signed a Russian-brokered peace deal ending Armenia’s presence in the disputed territory, which has a majority Armenian population.
Meanwhile, the U.S. based Human Rights Watch has raised concerns about the treatment of Armenian prisoners of war by Azerbaijan. The human rights organisation said Azerbaijan’s military “subjected these prisoners of war to physical abuse and humiliation, in actions that were captured on videos and widely circulated on social media since October”.
On Dec. 1, Armenia finished returning the occupied district of Lachin to Azerbaijan, ending the first stage of the peace plan agreed by the two countries.
In Armenia, the position of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is looking particularly vulnerable following the conflict. President Sarkissian is positioning himself as a power player, and Artur Vanetsyan, the former National Security Service head who leads an opposition party, said on television that “each day that Pashinyan retains the prime minister’s post represents a national security threat”.
Seventeen Armenian opposition parties have already named Vazgen Manukyan as their candidate for prime minister. Mr. Manukyan, 74, was prime minister at the end of the Soviet period between 1990 and 1991 and also served as defence minister.