Azerbaijan has once again used photos showing the remains of its own Israeli-made weapons to accuse Armenia of attacking civilian areas.
On October 10, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan released photos claiming to show an 9K72 “Elbrus” operational-tactical missile that was fired from Armenia in the direction of the Azerbaijani city of Mingachevir. The ministry claimed that the missile was intercepted.
However, the remains seen in the Azerbaijani MoD photos show a rocket with a diameter much smaller than that of the 9K72. They also show Israeli-made M095 submunitions.
The photos of the fragments of a 9K72 #Elbrus operational-tactical missile system fired from the territory of #Armenia in the direction of #Mingachevir which was detected and destroyed by #Azerbaijan‘s AD Systems.#KarabakhisAzerbaijan #StopArmenianAgression pic.twitter.com/wRM4ZrFlgD
— Azerbaijan MOD (@wwwmodgovaz) October 10, 2020
Experts speculated that the remains belong to an Israeli-made ACCULAR guided artillery rocket. The rocket, which was developed by the Israeli Military Industries, has a 160 mm caliber and a range of 40 km.
ACCULAR rockets can be fired from Israeli-made LAR-160 multiple rocket launch systems. About 30 such systems are in service with the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.
This was not the first time Azerbaijani MoD used the remains of its own Israeli-made weapons to fabricate accusations against Armenia.
On October 8, Azerbaijan claimed that it had shot down an Armenian drone near civilian areas. However, the “drone” turned out to be an Israeli-made Harpo loitering munition of the Azerbaijani military.
These false accusations are usually used to justify attacks on civilian settlements in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, like the recent strikes on the Ghazanchetsots Cathedral.
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