For the fourth day in a row, Azerbaijan continues to launch a major offensive against Armenia. Here’s a briefing of the past 12 hours.
Andranik Kocharyan, the chairman of the standing committee on defense and security of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, said that the Armenian Armed Forces had recaptured 6 positions prior to the ceasefire.
According to the Ombudsman of the Republic of Armenia, on September 16, 1 civilian was killed and 6 were injured.
The Minister of emergency situation of RA announced that more than 55 homes were damaged in Sotk alone. Sotk is a village situated in the region of Gegharkunik.
Azerbaijan received a proportionate response to its fake thesis that “Nagorno-Karabakh does not exist” at the UN Security Council meeting, said the Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan.
The number of Armenian prisoners may reach 20 people. This was reported by the representative of the Armenian prisoners of war in the European Court of Human Rights Siranush Sahakyan.
The government of RA is yet to announce martial law in Armenia.
As a result of the continuous attack by the Azerbaijani forces, 12 shells fell in the direction of the cableway in Jermuk, which became damaged and is no longer operating. Kechut reservoir near Jermuk was also damaged by shelling.
A delegation consisting of representatives of diplomatic missions (of which the Ambassador of France, Argentina, Japan, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, United States) and international organizations, such as the European Union, visited Jermuk to observe the damages caused by Azerbaijani military aggression. They held a meeting with the Chief of the RA Armed Forces General Staff.
Azerbaijan advanced 1.5 km in the direction of Nerkin Hand and Shorzha and 0.5 km in the direction of Ishkhanasar. Azeri forces were then driven back in the opposite direction according to the Chief of the General Staff of the RA Armed Forces.
Servicemen of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan have committed war crimes against Armenian Civilians and Servicemen, including women. They cut off the legs and fingers of a female serviceman, took off her clothes, and desiccated her corpse – said Eduard Asryan, Chief of the General Staff of the RA Armed Forces.
“Azerbaijan targeted the town of Martuni near Lake Sevan,” stated the head of the General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces when responding to how far deep the Azeri forces have infiltrated Armenia.
The Chief of the General Staff of the Armenian Defense Ministry, Major General Eduard Asryan said that in the areas of Jermuk, the enemy advanced 7.5 km, 8.5 km wide. The losses amounted to about 65 sq km.
Iranian media reported that the commander of the IRGC ground forces, Mohammad Pakpour, visited the units located on the border of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Nakhichevan and stated that their readiness level is very high. Unofficial reports stated that Iran’s IRGC is deploying tens of thousands of troops near the Armenian and Azerbaijani borders, including armored units of the Iranian army. For months, Iran has warned it will not accept any changes to the borders of Armenia.