On July 16th, the situation in Nagorno Karabakh, between Armenia and Azerbaijan appeared to have deteriorated further.
The Azerbaijani side made a worrisome threat, claiming that it was ready to strike Armenia’s nuclear power plant in response to hostilities along the border.
Colonel Vagif Dargyakhly, chief of the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan urged Armenia not to forget that the latest missile systems in the arsenal of the Azerbaijani army make it possible to hit the Metsamor NPP with high accuracy.
This was allegedly in response to rumors that Armenia could strike the Mingachevir reservoir. According to him, the reservoir was protected from being struck due to the specific terrain of where it is located, as well as its fortifications, as well as the modern air defense facilities.
On the night of July 16, Armenian forces again resumed attacks on Azerbaijani positions. Also, the villages of Dondar Gushchu, Agdam and Vahidli of the Tovuz region were shelled by mortars and other long-range weapons.
Reportedly, several Armenian civilian vehicles were struck by Azerbaijani UAVs, and there were no casualties.
— Alice Sharafyan (@sharafyan_a) July 16, 2020
At the same time, the Armenian side is also attempting to carry out UAV reconnaissance, by way of a Lockheed Martin X-55 Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft and it was reportedly downed.
The tactical UAV "X-55", attempted to carry out a reconnaissance flight over the positions of the units of #AzerbaijanArmy was immediately detected & destroyed thanks the vigilance of our units.#Armenia continues provocative actions and attack to??.#StopArmenianAggression pic.twitter.com/baGgnglZv0
— Ali Alizada ?? (@Ali_F_Alizada) July 16, 2020
Both sides actively blame the other of being the aggressor in the situation.
Armed forces of the aggressor state #Armenia continue to target the residential areas, civilian infrastructure in the villages of #Tovuz district of #Azerbaijan. This is the blatant violation of international humanitarian law! Don’t turn a blind eye to #ArmenianAgression! pic.twitter.com/Fdr5QrdShR
— Leyla Abdullayeva (@LAbdullayevaMFA) July 16, 2020
A UAV strike by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces hit a car an Armenian Ministry of Emergency situations car, and Minister Artsrun Hovhannisyan said there were casualties.
The Armenian side published a video allegedly showing the Azerbaijani side transporting their killed servicemen.
Azerbaijani media reported that Nazim Afgan-oglu, the conscript of the Azerbaijani army, was buried.
He died on July 16th as a result of fighting in the Tovuz region of the Azerbaijani-Armenian border.
Active combat operations are being conducted in the direction of the Tovuz region of the Azerbaijani-Armenian state border.
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