On November 14, a video surfaced on social media showing Azerbaijani service members cutting the ears of an elderly man and beating him up.
The horrifying incident reportedly took place in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which was attacked by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces on September 27. A Russian-brokered peace deal between Armenia and Azerbaijan ended the attack on November 9.
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Some sources claimed that the elderly man seen in the video is an Armenian civilian who was captured by Azerbaijani troop. The sources went on to allege the victim was later beheaded by the Azerbaijanis.
Other sources, however, said the victim was a local Azerbaijani from Nagorno-Karabakh. He was supposedly captured then tortured by Azerbaijani troops for collaborating with Armenian forces in the region.
This was not the first time an evidence of a war crime committed by Azerbaijani troops surfaced online. Earlier this month, photos showing Azerbaijani soldiers posing with the severed ears of Armenian service members were posted on social media.
A recently leaked video appears to be the first evidence of torture. All previous videos and photos showed only executions and the abuse of dead bodies.
There were many reports by Armenian sources on war crimes committed by Azerbaijani troops in Nagorno-Karabakh, including the execution of several prisoners of war. Despite the presence of material evidences, the UN is yet to launch an investigation into these allegations.
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