Azerbaijan records 282 deaths in mine explosions

(MENAFN) According to Azerbaijan, since a 2020 peace deal between Baku and Yerevan put an end to a 44-day fighting in the Karabakh area, approximately 300 people have died in mine explosions.

"Since November 10, 2020, there have been 282 mine casualties in the freed territory, including 46 fatalities. Sadly, the number of people killed by mines is rising "Vugar Suleymanov, the director of the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA), made a statement.

Five anti-tank mines and 62 unexploded ordnances were discovered and neutralized in the Tartar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Shusha, Gubadli, Khojavend, Lachin, and Zangilan districts during the course of the previous week, according to ANAMA.

A total of 467 hectares (1,154 acres) has been up to now cleared of mines and unexploded ordnance, it also states.

Ties between the two previous Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan have been tense since 1991 after the Armenian military seized Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory internationally known as part of Azerbaijan, and seven adjacent regions.


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