Several Turkish service members were spotted in the Azerbaijani city of Ganja following a rocket strike by Armenian forces.
The strike, which took place in the early morning of October 4, targeted a military air base near Ganja. The government of the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh claims that F-16 warplanes of Turkey are deployed in the base.
Azerbaijan said the Armenian rocket strike hit buildings in Ganja’s city center, killing a civilian and injuring at least four others.
Turkish service members were spotted in a video and many photos from the strike scene shared by al-Jazeera TV and Hikmet Hajiyev, a top aide of the Azerbaijani President.
— The Armenite (@TheArmenite) October 4, 2020
A day earlier, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said special units of the Turkish Armed Forces were deployed on the ground together with the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, which are leading the attack on Nagorno-Karabakh.
“There are 150 high-ranking Turkish officers leading the military operations on the part of Azerbaijan,” Pashinyan said in a statement, adding “This description in itself shows that intense battles are taking place on the front line.”
While Turkey is openly supporting the ongoing Azerbaijan attack on Nagorno-Karabakh, it denies taking any part in the operations there.
The new evidence confirming the presence of Turkish troops in Azerbaijan indicates that Turkey is indeed playing a role in the ongoing military operations in Nagorno-Karabakh. The deployment of Syrian mercenaries by Turkey in Azerbaijan has been already confirmed.
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