The special services of Armenia published materials on the participation in the hostilities of the Turkish side and mercenaries.
The National Security Service of Armenia has disseminated a video in which it presents a recording of talks between mercenaries from the Middle East fighting on the Azerbaijani side. Audio recordings are accompanied by captions in Armenian, Russian and English. In the same video, the facts available to the Armenian special services about the participation of the Turkish side in the hostilities are presented.
Since Sept. 27, large-scale military operations have continued around Nagorno-Karabakh and on the border of Azerbaijan and Armenia. More than 150 people have been killed, both military servicemen and civilians among them. There are thousands of wounded.
On Thursday, the leaders of France, Russia, and the United States, co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, which was set up in 1992 to mediate in the decades-old conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to stop the violence and return to negotiations to find a resolution.
Turkey has thrown its firm support behind Azerbaijan, saying it is ready to do whatever is necessary to eject Armenian forces from the region. That support has included supplying Syrian mercenaries to the front lines, according to Russia, France, Iran and independent observers including the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Armenia has also repeatedly accused Turkey of providing Azeri forces with air support, an accusation Ankara denies.
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It is necessary for the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, an Azerbaijani exclave bordering Armenia, to become part of Republic of Azerbaijan, the leader of Turkey’s far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sunday.
Armenia’s rocket attack on Ganja, one of Azerbaijan’s largest towns, is a “denial and blatant violation of international law,’’ Bahçeli said on Twitter.
One civilian has been killed and four wounded in an Armenian attack on Ganja on Sunday, according to Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry. Armenia has denied the attack.
Bahçeli condemned Armenia as a “killer, terror state’’ and said the latest developments in Nagorno-Karabakh called for “the inclusion of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic’’ in Azebaijan.
16:00 -Armenia lodges request to ECHR for applying interim measure against Turkey
The Armenian government has applied to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) requesting an interim measure against Turkey for its intervention into Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Armenpress reported.
“In particular, taking into account Turkey’s multifaceted support to the attacks of Azerbaijan on the civilian population and facilities of the Republic of Artsakh and the Republic of Armenia, which are accompanied by gross violations of international humanitarian law and the European Convention on Human Rights, as well as given Turkey’s constant participation to the military operations, Armenia on its own behalf and on behalf of the Republic of Artsakh has submitted a request to apply an interim measure, envisaged by Rule 39 of its Rules of Court, against Turkey,” the Armenian government said in a statement.
Azerbaijan has claimed it has captured Jebrail, a small town in the southern foothills of the Nagorno Karabakh region, the Turkish Defence Ministry announced on Sunday, citing Azeri sources.
The town’s capture follows that of other critical towns of Merjanli, Maralyan and Sheybey in the breakaway region, where the latest bout of conflict has entered its first week, the ministry said.
Nagorno-Karabakh President Arayik Harutyunyan said he had ordered the military to cease fire at military facilities in Ganja to avoid civilian casualities.
“At my orders, today the Defense Army delivered several rocket strikes with the purpose of neutralising military facilities deployed in the city of Ganja. As of this moment, I have ordered to cease the fire, in order to avoid innocent victims among the civilian population. In the event of the adversary not drawing appropriate conclusions we will continue proportionate and powerful strikes by dismantling and breaking apart the enemy’s army and rear. We are resolute in our actions until the end,” Harutyunyan said.
13:50 – Over 72 Syrian mercenaries killed in Nagorno-Karabakh – observatory
The death toll of the Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries who were sent to frontlines in Nagorno-Karabakh has risen to 72, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.
“On the other hand, the Turkish government is preparing a new batch of Syrian fighters to be sent to Azerbaijan in the next few days,” SOHR said.
Some 36 of the Syrian fighters were killed in the last 48 hours, it said.
Syria has warned the Azerbaijani authorities not to fall into the “trap of the Turkish plan” and to respond to initiatives calling for calm.
Syrian Military of Foreign Affairs warned against “blatant Turkish interference in the conflict” between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which “aims to inflame the situation in line with the behavior of the Turkish regime in creating tensions and stoking the fire of sedition in more than one place in the world.”
“The Syrian Arab Republic expresses deep regret at the confrontations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which claimed the lives of a large number of both sides.”
12:50 – Turkey condemns Armenia’s Ganja shelling
Turkish Foreign Ministry said Armenia’s targetting of civilian population in Ganja, that left a civilian killed and four more injured, was undermining international laws.
“The current attacks of Armenia targeting the civilian population in Ganja, the second largest city of Azerbaijan, are a new manifestation of Armenia’s unlawful attitude. We condemn these attacks,” the ministry said in a statement.
12:20 – One civilian killed, at least four wounded in Azerbaijan’s Ganja
A civilians was killed and at least four more were injured due to shelling of the Azerbaijani city of Ganja.
Rescue work is underway to remove people left under the rubble of destroyed buildings, state television AzTV reported.