Huge rallies held across Greece as Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict intensifies

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Large demonstrations were held across Greece on Sunday by members of the local Greek and Armenia community to show their solidarity with Armenia.

The protest was marked by people waving both Greek and Armenian flags, while speakers and those in attendance stressed the strong bond between Greece and Armenia.

Armenia is currently fighting an escalating war with neighboring Azerbaijan over the ethnic Armenian region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Στο πλευρό των αδερφών μας Αρμενίων.Ζήτω το Αρτσάχ!Ζήτω η Αρμενία!

Posted by Πανελλήνια Ομοσπονδία Ποντιακών Σωματείων on Saturday, 3 October 2020

Armenia’s Defence Ministry said on Saturday that Armenian-backed separatist fighters in Karabakh destroyed a “huge military grouping,” and claimed to have inflicted “serious losses in manpower and military hardware.”

But Armenia also announced the deaths of 51 more separatist fighters, increasing the number of fatalities on both sides above 220 after nearly a week of fighting.

In an address to the nation on Saturday, Armenian Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan, called on Armenians to unite.

Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, in the capital, Yerevan, last week. Photo: Press Service of Armenia’s Government, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images.

“We are facing possibly the most decisive moment in our millennia-old history,” Mr Pashinyan said. “We all must dedicate ourselves to a singular goal: victory.”

This statement came as Azerbaijan accused Armenian forces of firing rockets at its second largest city, Ganja, last night, killing one civilian and wounding another four.

Armenia denied it had directed fire “of any kind” towards Azerbaijan. 

The developments mark a sharp escalation of the war in the South Caucasus. Until now, the main fighting has been between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian enclave inside Azerbaijan, but it now threatens to spill over into a direct war with Armenia itself.

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