Nagorno Karabakh saw fresh explosions late on Saturday hours after a Russia-brokered cease-fire between Armenia and Azerbaijan, according to the French news agency AFP.

Seven explosions shook Stepanakert, the capital of the disputed region, around 23:30 local time (21:30 UTC), an AFP journalist reported. Sirens sounded to warn residents to take shelter in their basements or safe places.

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Armenia and Azerbaijan, two neighboring former Soviet republics, had agreed to a cease-fire 11 hours prior to the explosions on Saturday. The cease-fire, which was reached after marathon talks in Moscow advocated by Russian President Vladimir Putin, aimed to stop two weeks of fighting between Azerbaijani forces and ethnic Armenians.

Cease-fire violations

However, they both accused each other of violating the accord hours after it came into force at noon. A senior official told the AFP that the truce was only meant to be “temporary.”

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Nagorno Karabakh is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but the area is run by ethnic Armenian inhabitants.

The most recent fighting is the heaviest since the end of a war over the region from 1991-1994. More than 450 people have been reported killed over the past two weeks, with thousands forced to flee their homes.

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dv/shs (AFP, Reuters)

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