Azerbaijan, Armenia declare martial law after clashes kill at least 16 military members

Azerbaijan and Armenia both declared martial law early Sunday after clashes killed at least 16 military members and several civilians.

The two countries, both former Soviet republics, experienced their heaviest clash since 2016 on Sunday over Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory that is inside Azerbaijan but run by ethnic Armenians, Reuters reported

Armenia accused Azerbaijan of an air and artillery strike on the area, with Nagorno-Karabakh saying 16 of its military members were killed and more than 100 were wounded in the attack. Armenian activists also said an ethnic Armenian woman and child were killed. 

Armenia also said Azeri troops attacked civilian targets, prompting Armenia to vow for a “proportionate response.”

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan tweeted the decision for Armenia to declare martial law after the strike.

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