On Sunday, September 27, Armenian and Azerbaijani forces clashed. The fighting broke out as the result of a dispute over a region known as Nagorno-Karabakh. This region is within Azerbaijan yet is comprised of mostly Armenians. It is located about 30 miles from the Armenian border and is surrounded by a demilitarized zone.
Nagorno-Karabakh was declared independent from Azerbaijan back in 1991, although it is internationally still recognized as being a part of Azerbaijan. There have been ongoing conflicts and disputes about the true borders of the region ever since.
According to a Fox News article, the primary instigator of this latest clash is unclear. Both sides are blaming the other for the escalation of force. Armenia is saying that Azerbaijan launched an attack, while Azerbaijan claims that Armenian forces had shelled them and therefore they were forced to react.
The Armenian Defense Industry reported that at 8:10 a.m., local time, Azerbaijan conducted air and artillery attacks on civilian locations, including Stepanakert, the capital of the region.