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Armenian attack strands 15,000

Azerbaijan said up to 15,000 civilians had been stranded in the Azeri region of Kelbadzhar after Armenian forces launched a big offensive a week ago, Reuter reports from Moscow. An Azeri spokesman said Armenian forces had occupied 12 villages and attacked Kelbadzhar, near Nagorny Karabakh.

Fierce fighting flared in Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia yesterday, with five people killed and as many wounded, the Russian news agency Itar-Tass said. Tass said the fatalities occurred when military planes struck the regional centre, Sukhumi.