Azerbaijan forces have seized a key Nagorno-Karabakh city: President

Shusha is just 10km south of Artsakh's capital of Stepanakert

Shushi-armenia-nagorno-karabakh-azerbaijan-AP Tracks from tracer bullets are seen during fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijan's forces near Shushi, outside Stepanakert, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020 | AP

Azerbaijani forces have taken control of the strategically key city of Shusha in Nagorno-Karabakh where fighting with Armenia has raged for more than a month, the country's president said Sunday.

In a televised address to the nation, President Ilham Aliyev said, "Shusha is ours Karabakh is ours, using the Azerbaijani version of the city's name".

Shusha is of significant military value because it sits on heights about 10 kilometres (6 miles) south of the region's capital of Stepanakert and lies along the main road connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia.

Nagorno-Karabakh is within Azerbaijan but has been under the control of local ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since 1994. The latest outbreak of fighting started on Sept. 27 and has left hundreds if not thousands dead.

Aliyev vowed to continue the fighting until Armenia withdraws from the territory. 


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