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.
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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.