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MARCH 2021

Double-Tap Strike Hit Historical Cathedral In Nagorno-Karabakh, Journalists Injured (Videos, Photos)


On October 8, a double-tap strike hit the historical Ghazanchetsots Cathedral in the town of Shushi in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The first strike caused serious material damage to the cathedral, which was restored after the Azerbaijani-Armenian war in the 1990s. When a group of civilians and journalists gathered at the cathedral to check the damage, the second strike occurred.

According to RT’s reporter Murad Gazdiev, ten people, including three journalists, were injured as a result of the second strike on the cathedral.

One of the injured journalists was Yuriy Kotenok, editor-in-chief of the Russian “Segodnya.ru” He sustained a serious injury and is now undergoing surgery in Stepanakert.

Azerbaijani forces, which have been attacking Nagorno-Karabakh since September 27, were held responsible for the double-tap strike. However, the remains of one of the projectiles used in the attack indicate that the Turkish Air Force may be behind it, according to the Abkhazian Network News Agency.

At least two Turkish F-16s fighter jets are deployed in Azerbaijan. The projectile used in the strikes on Ghazanchetsots Cathedral appears to be “NATO-made.”

This was not the first attack by Azerbaijani forces on civilian targets in Nagorno-Karabakh. A new infographic by the Armenian Unified Infoceter revealed that Azerbaijani attacks on the region have so far claimed the lives of 22 civilians and injured 95 others.

Azerbaijani forces intensified their shelling on civilian settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh over the last few days. This is escalating the situation in the region.




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