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Karabakh Forces Mobilise

Volunteers flock to join the army as tensions continue to escalate.
By IWPR
  • Before going to the front, Armenian volunteers receive ammunition and combat uniforms. (Photo: Photolure Agency)
    Before going to the front, Armenian volunteers receive ammunition and combat uniforms. (Photo: Photolure Agency)
  • Nagorny Karabakh defence forces holding their military positions. (Photo: Photolure Agency)
    Nagorny Karabakh defence forces holding their military positions. (Photo: Photolure Agency)
  • Heavy fighting between the armies of Nagorny Karabakh and Azerbaijan on the frontline, April 3, 2016. (Photo: Photolure Agency)
    Heavy fighting between the armies of Nagorny Karabakh and Azerbaijan on the frontline, April 3, 2016. (Photo: Photolure Agency)
  • Hundreds of volunteers, including veterans of the Karabakh war, have already joined the Nagorny Karabakh army. (Photo: Photolure Agency)
    Hundreds of volunteers, including veterans of the Karabakh war, have already joined the Nagorny Karabakh army. (Photo: Photolure Agency)
  • In the centre of the Karabakh capital of Stepanakert, men enlist as volunteers. (Photo: Photolure Agency)
    In the centre of the Karabakh capital of Stepanakert, men enlist as volunteers. (Photo: Photolure Agency)
  • Ammunition and combat gear for Armenian volunteers. (Photo: Photolure Agency)
    Ammunition and combat gear for Armenian volunteers. (Photo: Photolure Agency)
  • The town of Martakert after intense shelling from Azerbaijani forces. (Photo: Photolure Agency)
    The town of Martakert after intense shelling from Azerbaijani forces. (Photo: Photolure Agency)
  • The third day of heavy fighting between the armies of Nagorny Karabakh and Azerbaijan. (Photo: Photolure Agency)
    The third day of heavy fighting between the armies of Nagorny Karabakh and Azerbaijan. (Photo: Photolure Agency)
  • Talish village after occupation by Azerbaijani forces. The following day it was recaptured by the Karabakh military. (Photo: Photolure Agency)
    Talish village after occupation by Azerbaijani forces. The following day it was recaptured by the Karabakh military. (Photo: Photolure Agency)

Fighting has continued to rage between Azerbaijani and Armenian-backed soldiers in the border regions of Nagorny Karabakh.

In Karabakh, hundreds of volunteers flocked to join the army, with large-scale distribution of ammunition and combat gear.

The ranks of the volunteers include veterans of the war in Karabakh, which ended with a truce but no peace agreement in 1994.

Since then, the ceasefire has held overall, although it has been broken by frequent gunfire and occasional incursions both on the “Line of Contact” around Karabakh and along the state border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Recent days have seen the worse violence in decades.