Category Archives: Armenia

New violence in Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict

Azerbaijan on Tuesday, July 4 violated the ceasefire on the contact line with Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh), using various caliber mortars and even employed a TR-107 rocket engine in the south of the frontline. Nagorno Karabakh Defense Army opened retaliatory fire to suppress the rival’s attacks. During the incident, two civilians – a 52-year-old woman and a 2-year-old girl from Azerbaijan – were killed.

Turkey | Pizza wars: flatbread becomes latest battlefield in Turkey-Armenia dispute

Earlier this month, a Turkish newspaper reported that a new crisis was brewing between troubled neighbors Turkey and Armenia. The disputed issue this time is a popular foodstuff called “lahmacun” in Turkish and “lamadjo” in Armenian. According to the report, the Armenians had launched an international drive to promote it as an Armenian dish, opening two restaurants in Russia. The report sparked indignation among Turks, who also claim ownership of the dish, which is a thin piece of dough, topped with minced meat, vegetables and spices, ideally baked on a wood fire. Some television programs even took it upon themselves to explain why it was Turkish food.

Sasna Tsrer group in Armenia lay down arms

On the morning of July 17, an armed group calling themselves Sasna Tsrer (Daredevils of Sassoun) seized a police compound in Yerevan’s district of Erebuni demanding the release of Karabakh war veteran, the Founding Parliament movement leader Jirair Sefilian accused of illegal possession of firearms. Sasna Tsrer also demanded the resignation of President Serzh Sargsyan and cancellation of talks to cede some lands around the former Nagorno Karabakh Autonomous Oblast to Azerbaijan. Those in the building, as well as the deputy police chief of Armenia Vartan Yeghiazaryan and deputy police chief of Yerevan Valeriy Osipyan, who arrived at the site to hold negotiations, were taken hostage by the armed group. On July 23, the armed group released all hostages. On July 27, 4 ambulance personnel were held in the police building. However, paramedic David Tonoyan was released on the evening of the same day, while doctor Salvador Khechoyan was let go on July 29. Throughout the 2-week siege of the police compound, rallies were staged in support of Sasna Tsrer. On the night of July 29-30, dozens, including journalists, were injured as riot police fired grenades to disperse the demonstrators. 165 people were detained, 26 of them arrested.

Yerevan standoff: Police disperse rally supporting gunmen

Supporters of the armed group that stormed a police department on July 17 initiated yet another rally on Friday, July 29.

Demonstrators gathered on Thursday too but the protest was called off due to the heavy rain in the Armenian capital.

Police disperse Yerevan protesters after violent night

PanARMENIAN.NetPolice in Yerevan on Thursday, July 21 dispersed protesters after detaining dozens of others following a night of violent clashes over a four-day hostage standoff.