YEREVAN, November 2. /ARKA/. Azerbaijan continues to use phosphorus bombs in Artsakh, said Artsrun Hovhannisyan, special spokesman for the Armenian defense ministry, said at a briefing at the Unified Information Center on Sunday.
“Yes, the enemy continues using the same weapons and the same ammunition in different directions,” he said when asked about the use of white phosphorus that night.
Hovhannisyan noted that the damage to the environment from the use of this type of weapon is being gauged now.
As the Artsakh ministry of defense stated on October 31, enemy forces used phosphorus munitions containing elements of chemical weapons in the Azerbaijani-Artsakh conflict zone, which is a gross violation of the norms and principles of international humanitarian law and customary law, the Geneva Conventions, provisions and documents of the relevant UN conventions, which, in addition to causing damage to the Armenian armed forces, also pursue the goal of setting forests on fire and creating a real threat to environment in this territory.
War in Artsakh
Since September 27, Azerbaijani troops have been carrying out military aggression along the entire length of the contact line in Artsakh, conducting artillery and rocket attacks, including against civilians and civilian infrastructures. Strikes were also carried out at civilian and military targets on the territory of Armenia.
The Azerbaijani side is supported by the Turkish Armed Forces and the foreign terrorist mercenaries recruited by it. The Turkish-Azerbaijani aggression encounters a decisive rebuff from the Armenian Armed Forces along the entire frontline.
According to the official reports on the Armenian side, Azerbaijan sustains huge losses in manpower. Its death toll since the beginning of the war is 6,997. Also 241UAVs, 16 helicopters and 25 aircraft have been downed as well as 669 armored vehicles and 6 TOS units have been destroyed since the beginning of war. More than 1,060 Armenian servicemen have been killed and several hundred people were wounded. As a result of the war crimes committed by Azerbaijan, 45 civilians were killed and 141 wounded in Artsakh.
Since the beginning of the war, there have been three attempts to establish a humanitarian ceasefire. All three agreements, which were reached on October 10 through the mediation of the Russian Federation, on October 17 through France and on October 25 through the mediation of the United States, were violated by Azerbaijan.