Iran warns of regional war, issues protest to Armenia and Azerbaijan

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(Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday there was a danger that fighting between Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces could turn into a regional war.

Rouhani also told a cabinet meeting that it was “totally unacceptable” for any mortar bomb or missile to land on Iranian soil after Iranian media said stray shells from fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave had fallen on villages near Iran’s northwestern border, wounding a child and damaging buildings.

Iran lodged a formal protest to Azerbaijan and Armenia on Wednesday over violations of Iran’s “territorial integrity,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement carried by local media.

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