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Armenian Death Toll Grows: Health Ministry Says Over 2,000 Service Members Killed In Karabakh

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Armenian Death Toll Grows: Health Ministry Says Over 2,000 Service Members Killed In Karabakh

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On November 14, Armenia’s Health Ministry revealed that 2,317 Armenian service members were killed in the battle for Nagorno-Karabakh.

The Ministry of Defense of Armenia has thus far released the names of 1,383 service members who were killed in the battle against Azerbaijani forces.

In a statement, the Health Ministry claimed that all Armenian casualties were subjected to forensic examination. The ministry didn’t provide any information on the soldiers whose bodies are still laying on the battlefield.

A recent video by Reuters revealed that the bodies of dozens of Armenian service members, who were killed defending Shusha city, are still laying on the battlefield.

The battle in Nagorno-Karabakh that began with an Azerbaijani attack on September 27 ended earlier this week with a Russian-brokered peace deal.

Under the deal, Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to exchange the bodies of those killed in battle. The exchange process has started, as the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan confirmed in a statement on November 14.

“As part of this humanitarian action, the bodies of the dead servicemen of the Armenian armed forces were collected and handed over to the Armenian side,” said the statement. “Also, within the framework of this action, the bodies of six servicemen of the Azerbaijan Army, who became Shehids [martyrs] during the battles around the Shusha city, were received.”

Azerbaijan is yet to provide an official count of its human losses in Nagorno-Karabakh battle. The available information indicates that more than 1,100 Azerbaijani service members were killed. Nevertheless, it is still impossible to verify any of the casualties’ numbers shared by both sides of the conflict.

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