Sunday marks the seventh day of intense fighting in the contested South Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh between Azerbaijani and Armenian Karabakh defence forces. The conflict started after both sides accused one another of shelling and air attacks starting September 27.
Nagorno Karabakh’s defence forces have destroyed three Azerbaijani jet fighters and two tanks, a spokesperson from the Armenian Defence Ministry has said.
“At about 12:00 pm [local time] units of Karabakh’s Defence Army destroyed three enemy aircraft and two tanks in the southern direction of the front,” spokesperson Shushan Stepanyan reported in a post on her Facebook page.
The Azerbaijani side has not yet commented on the veracity of the Armenian side’s statement, but has repeatedly denied claims of the destruction of its military equipment and forces throughout the past week of fighting.
Earlier in the day, Nagorno Karabakh forces also reported the destruction of a military airfield in the Azerbaijani city of Ganja. Eyewitnesses on the Azeri side responded by accusing Armenia of carrying out missile attacks “against dense residential areas.”
Results of Armenia's massive missile attacks against dense residential areas in Ganja city. Azerbaijan retains its right to take adequate measures against legitimate military targets to defend civilians and enforce Armenia to peace. 4 new missile just hit Ganja. pic.twitter.com/GInYCJyJc6
— Hikmet Hajiyev (@HikmetHajiyev) October 4, 2020
Early Sunday morning, a Sputnik correspondent reported that air raid sirens had gone off in the capital of the unrecognized Republic of Artsakh (the Armenian side’s name for Nagorno-Karabakh), with multiple artillery shells said to have landed outside the city.
The same day, Yerevan also denied reports by the Azerbaijani side that rocket attacks on Azerbaijani cities were coming from Armenia proper.
The latest flare-up of fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh began on September 27, with both sides accusing one another of starting the aggression. At least 36 civilians, and as many as 3,600 troops from both sides have been killed, with Armenian and Azeri forces also claiming the destruction of dozens of tanks, aircraft, helicopters, drones, and entrenchments.