4 Dead as Azerbaijan Uses Turkish Rocket Launchers in Attack on Karabakh Targets

Turkish-made TR-107  rocket launchers are being used by Azerbaijani forces
Turkish-made TR-107  rocket launchers are being used by Azerbaijani forces

Turkish-made TR-107 rocket launchers are being used by Azerbaijani forces

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)—Azerbaijani forces used Turkish-made TR-107 rocket launchers to attack positions in the northwestern border of Artsakh and Azerbaijan on Friday, killing four soldiers, reported the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Defense Ministry, according to the razm.info news agency.

Norair Mikaeli Khachatryan (B. 1995), Robert Sureni Mkrtchyan (B. 1995), Harut Hakopyan (B. 1997) and Karen Gevorki Shahinyan (B. 1997) were identified as the four soldiers killed by Azerbaijani forces, reported razm.info.

The Artsakh defense ministry also identified 60 and 82 millimeter mortars, RPG7, HAN 17 and SPG-9 grenades as the types of weapons being used by the Azerbaijani forces.

This latest attack on Karabakh targets, taking place as Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers are scheduled to meet at the United Nations, was the latest in the attacks by Azerbaijani forces on border region of both Artsakh and Armenia, where on Thursday three women, among them two elderly, were killed and two were injured when rockets were launched in the Tavush region of Armenia.

Azerbaijani forces used artillery weapons and mortars of different caliber as they opened fire in the north-eastern direction of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. The shelling left three civilians killed in the Tavush province (Paytsar Arakelyan, 83, Shushan Asatryan, 94, and Sona Revazyan, 41).

“As a rule, the Azerbaijani side resorts to provocative actions on the eve [of] negotiations and meetings targeted at the peaceful resolution of the Karabakh conflict, intentionally escalating tension at the border. This comes to prove that the military-political leadership of the neighboring country ignores initiatives aimed at peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and periodically destabilize the situation at the line of contact,” the Armenian Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

“The current situation is a result of insidious tactics of the Azerbaijani military-political leadership and contradicts the logic of negotiations within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group and the principles of international humanitarian law,” the Ministry said.

The Armenian Ministry of Defense urged the Azerbaijani side to refrain from steps aimed at escalation and to take practical measures to stabilize the situation. It also urged residents of villages bordering Azerbaijan to avoid serving as a shield to the Armenian Armed Forces.

“The Armenian Armed Forces will resort to equivalent actions to stabilize the situation and restrain the Azerbaijani troops,” the Ministry said, adding that “the military-political leadership of Azerbaijan will bear full responsibility for the consequences.”

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  1. Arto said:

    “The Armenian Armed Forces will resort to equivalent actions to stabilize the situation and restrain the Azerbaijani troops,” the Ministry said, adding that “the military-political leadership of Azerbaijan will bear full responsibility for the consequences.”

    Dear Armenian Armed Forces…Talk less and act more.

  2. lydia T said:

    With a great sadness I have been reading the killings by azerbaijani forces for the last couple of days (Of course these killings have been going on for a long time), however there is no information regarding what is being done and what kind of responses are there from OSCE Minsk group, UN and other western countries. What is exactly Armenian government doing to stop these senseless waste of precious lives. Who is implementing the talks with azerbaijan and what is their response Please shed some light…..

  3. Raffi said:

    Azerbaijan is desperate, Armenians should be ready for any eventuality, Aliyev is acting like a dog with rabies

  4. Saaten Maagar said:

    Armenian & Artsakh Defense Ministries: Please do not comment if you do not have anything new to say. You have been repeating that same tune for over 20 years now, except now it is a daily routine. If Azerbaijan does that every time before a meeting, it is very simple, cancel the meeting every time they use this tactic, they will stop or no meetings, no change period.

  5. ara said:

    Boy we need to kick their buttsand take back all the land they stole- the Ottomans they are -famous for condoning pedophilia, brutality and evil on all

  6. PK said:

    Armenian response, we will give adequate response….. our adequate response is, to fold our hands and watch our young Armenian soldiers die…. how adequate is that…. I’m sick of these government figures doing nothing….. where is the big bad bear that majority of you love…… oh, I forgot, they are not precious Russian soldiers but none important Armenian soldiers…. shame on anyone thinking that the Russians are here to protect us…. please, if you think that is the case, take your stupid Russo-Armenian mentality and move back to Russia….. how would any government figure feel, if one of those soldiers were one of their kids….. get off your high horses….. when I’m ever needed, I’m ready to take up arms, please no stinking drunk Russian soldiers needed….. WE FIGHT AS ONE AND READY TO DIE AS ONE……

  7. Serop said:

    ANSWER them with FORCE, thats the only language they understand.
    If Israel did not respond with harsh responses using FORCE Israel would noit exist today.
    Answer them with 10 dead for one Hay they kill
    That is the only language they understand

  8. Masis said:

    These abscesses of humanity understand only one thing—FEAR. Our response should be so strong that even the most asinine Azeri becomes convinced that shooting across the border will be too costly for them. Compromise, negotiations, civility have not worked with the Turk for over 600 years. Their politicians and media state the opposite of what is true. Their information is so blatantly untrue that its value is comparable to that of used toilet paper. Recognize Artsakh hit those oil refineries in Baku so the oil companies run away from Azertbaijan.

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