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Heavy Rocket Strikes Hit Nagorno-Karabakh Capital (Videos, Photos)

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On October 4, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces carried out intense rocket strikes on the city of Stepanakert, the capital of the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The strikes led to material damage in the city’s populated neighborhood. According to the Armenian Unified Info-center, the strikes also resulted in civilian casualties. The Info-center has not provided any details or numbers, yet.

Arayik Harutyunyan, President of the de facto State of Artsakh in Nagorno-Karabakh, revealed that Azerbaijani forces are targeting Stepanakert with Polonez and BM-30 Smerch multiple rocket launch systems (MRLS).

Azerbaijani terrorist army targets civilians in Stepanakert, using Polonez & Smerch MLRS. From now on mil objects in large cities of Azerbaijan are the target of the Defense Army of Artsakh. Calling on Azerbaijani population to leave these cities to avoid inevitable loss,” Harutyunyan said on Twitter. 

The Azerbaijani Armed Forces are known to be operating 30 Russian-made Smerch MRLS and at least 10 Belarusian-made Polonez MRLS.

Some of the rockets that hit Stepanakert were armed with Israeli-made M095 submunitions. This indicates that the city was also targeted with LAR-160 MRLS, which were used before against civilian areas in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Earlier in the morning, Armenian forces shelled an air base near the Azerbaijani’ second largest city, Ganja. A civilian was killed and at least four others were injured.

Today’s rocket strikes will likely lead to more escalation. The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh is, without any doubt, still far from being over.

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