by Marianna Mkrtchyan
The command of the Turkish Armed Forces announced about its support for Azerbaijan, Trend reports referring to the Azerbaijani defense ministry.
Turkish National Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz, Chief of General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces General Necdet Ozel and commanders of various divisions of the Turkish Armed Forces stressed their solidarity with the defense ministry and expressed support for Azerbaijan and its Armed Forces. Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu expressed their condolences to President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and the families of the killed Azeri soldiers.
Death toll rises on both the Armenian and Azerbaijani party as clashes grow on the Line of Contact. Azerbaijan has made several sabotage attacks lately. Both the sides suffered casualties. Azerbaijan lost 27 soldiers. There were 6 deaths on the Armenian side. The U.S. Department of State, Russian Foreign Ministry, French Foreign Ministry, OSCE CiO as well as OSCE Minsk Group Co- Chairs, EU and many countries have expressed deep concern over escalating tensions and urged the parties to respect the ceasefire agreement and take steps to defuse tension.