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Smoke rises after the recent shelling, in Stepanakert, the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh. The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on September 27, when Yerevan and Baku accused each other of provoking military hostilities. - Sputnik International

Live Updates: Yerevan Denies Baku's Report of Downed Armenian Plane, Calls it 'Absolute Lie'

The clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh continue despite two ceasefire deals between Armenia and Azerbaijan mediated by Russia earlier this month, as both sides accuse each other of violating the agreements and sparking hostilities.

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has expressed hope for an immediate ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, echoing statements from Russia and France, which are part of the OSCE Minsk Group.

Military clashes began in Nagorno-Karabakh on 27 September, when Baku and Yerevan accused each other of attacking troops and civilian objects in the area. The heads of Russia, the US, and France urged the sides to resume talks without preconditions, while Ankara pledged to support Azerbaijan "both in talks and in combat".

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict erupted in the late 1980s, and in 1991 the predominantly Armenian-populated autonomy proclaimed its independence from Azerbaijan and announced plans to join Armenia. As a result, Baku and Yerevan waged a full-scale war for the area between 1992 and 1994 that left 40,000 troops and civilians from both sides dead.

A ceasefire mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group was signed in 1994, but the conflict remained frozen, and the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic still continues to be an unrecognised state.

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22:43 GMT 24.10.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The US Embassy in Azerbaijan has warned that foreign nationals in Baku are under the potential threat of attacks amid the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

"The U.S. Embassy in Baku has received credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings against U.S. citizens and foreign nationals in Baku, including against hotels such as the J.W. Marriott Absheron, as well as potentially other locations in Baku," the embassy said in a statement on Saturday.

The embassy advised US citizens to "exercise heightened caution" in locations where foreigners gather in the Azerbaijani capital.

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"On 24 October, in the Qubadli direction of the frontline, Azerbaijani air defences downed an Armenian military aircraft", an official statement said.

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"Despite the efforts of doctors, a Russian citizen [born in 2007], who had been injured in a rocket attack on Ganja ... on 17.10.2020, died in the hospital today...", the press service of the Azerbaijani prosecution said.

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