Fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in Nagorno-Karabakh is continuing for the eleventh day.
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07 Oct 2020, 22:59
New York Times Visual Investigations: ‘at least two F-16s in Azerbaijan’
Christiaan Triebert, a member of the New York Times Visual Investigations team has just published information corroborating claims that Turkish F-16s are in Azerbaijan.
‘There are at least two F-16s at Ganja International Airport in Azerbaijan’, he writes, citing information as of 3 October. ‘The fighter jets are likely operated by the Turkish Air Force, alongside a possible CN-235 cargo aircraft.
Triebert also notes that at least five Turkish F-16s were filmed at the Ganja airport during the joint TurAz Qartalı-2020 military exercises in late July.
‘It’s by no means evidence that one of those fighter jets shot down an Armenian Air Force Su-25 on Sept. 29’, he underlines, citing a previous claim made by Armenian authorities.
07 Oct 2020, 19:14
French FM: Two discussions planned over the conflict
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said that talks on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh are planned tomorrow in Geneva and on Monday in Moscow, France 24 reports.
Le Drian reportedly told French lawmakers that representatives of Russia, France, and the US, the co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, are in ‘constant contact with each other’ and that he hopes the upcoming talks will lead to resumed negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
07 Oct 2020, 17:15
Greece recalls its ambassador from Azerbaijan
Greece’s Foreign Ministry announced that it has recalled its ambassador to Azerbaijan after what the Ministry called ‘unsubstantiated and insulting allegations’ by the Azerbaijan government that Greece tolerated the ‘preparation of terrorist action, efforts to recruit terrorist fighters, and cyberattacks from Greek territory on Azerbaijan’.
07 Oct 2020, 16:58
As fighting continues Nikol Pashinyan and Ilham Aliyev wish Putin a happy birthday
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev both called Putin today, reportedly to wish him a happy birthday (he has turned 68) as well as to talk about the ongoing conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.
07 Oct 2020, 16:45
Under fire in Stepanakert
Civilian settlements on both sides of the war have been under fire over the last eleven days, leading to dozens of deaths. But nowhere has sustained such an intense assault as the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Read more: Under fire in Stepanakert
07 Oct 2020, 16:39
Armenia: Military fatalities rise to 320
Armenia’s Ministry of Defence reports that 320 soldiers have been killed since the fighting began. Azerbaijan has, as of yet, not published any information about the number of fatalities among their soldiers.
07 Oct 2020, 15:18
Iran: Baku has apologised for accidental shelling of Iranian territory
Iran’s Tasnim News Agency reports that the Deputy Chief of the Iranian police has said Azerbaijan apologised for accidentally firing upon Iran’s territory.
Yesterday, Tasnim reported that during the fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces several shells landed on Iranian territory near the settlement of Khoda Afarin, injuring a six-year-old.
Iran’s Defense Minister Amir Hatami has previously cautioned both sides that Iran will take serious measures the shells fired in the fighting continue to strike Iranian soil.
07 Oct 2020, 13:57
Armenia: 280 soldiers have died in fighting so far
Armenian authorities have reported that the number of military fatalities among Armenian forces has risen to 280. Azerbaijan has not yet released any information about the number of deaths among their soldiers.
07 Oct 2020, 11:51
Bombardment of Stepanakert continues
After reports of shelling throughout the night, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh has reportedly come under renewed fire. The Human Rights Defender of Nagorno-Karabakh, Artak Beglaryan has stated that the city has been struck with ‘suicide drones’ and ‘missiles’. For the moment, there is no information on possible casualties.
07 Oct 2020, 11:20
Azerbaijan: Armenia targetted pipeline with cluster munitions
Last night, Azerbaijani Presidential spokesperson Hikmet Hajiyev reported that Armenian forces targetted the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline with cluster munitions. The Armenian Ministry of Defence denied the claim, with spokesperson Shushan Stepanyan stating that Armenian forces ‘are not targeting the oil & gas infrastructure’.
The previous day, Amnesty International corroborated information that cluster munitions had been used during the bombardment of Stepanakert (Khankandi) by Azerbaijani Armed Forces.
Neither Azerbaijan nor Armenia are signatories to the International Convention on Cluster Munitions.