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MARCH 2021

Armenia Blamed Azerbaijan For False Accusations Of Attacks On Civilian Areas


Armenia Blamed Azerbaijan For False Accusations Of Attacks On Civilian Areas

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On October 9, The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan claimed that Armenian forces had carried out a series of artillery strikes on civilian settlements.

In a statement, the ministry claimed that Armenian forces targeted the Azerbaijani towns and cities of Barda, Aghdam, Mingachevir and Aghjabedi. No videos or photos confirming the strikes were shared.

Shushan Stepanyan, Press Secretary of the Ministry of Defense of Armenia, denied Azerbaijan’s claims, calling them “obvious fabrication.” Stepanyan also warned Azerbaijan against launching any attacks on civilian areas in Nagorno-Karabakh, where a heated battle has been ongoing since September 27.

“We once more warn Azerbaijan against any attempts to provoke us by targeting populated centers and civilian infrastructure, as the Artsakh Defense Army’s response will be decisive,” Stepanyan said in a statement.

Over the last two weeks, Azerbaijan made false accusations against Armenian on several occasions to justify attacks on civilian settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh.

A day earlier, Azerbaijan claimed that it shot down an Armenian drone that was on its way to attack civilian areas in the country. However, the supposed “drone” turned out to be an Israeli-made IAI Harpo loitering munition of the Azerbaijani military.

Later on the same day, Azerbaijani forces carried out a double-tab strike on the Ghazanchetsots Cathedral in Nagorno-Karabakh. At least ten civilians and journalists were injured.

Azerbaijani attacks on settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh have, so far, claimed the lives of 22 civilians and injured more than 90 others.




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