YEREVAN – The Azerbaijani aggression of November 15 directed towards Syunik Province took on another dimension during the afternoon of November 16. At approximately 1 p.m. Yerevan time, Azerbaijani armed groups attacked in several directions with the use of armored vehicles, artillery and firearms of various calibers. During a period of about five hours, the Armenian side lost lives. According to the government’s official report, only one person was killed while there are also wounded and an unknown number of captives.
The Azerbaijanis also had losses: according to accessible open sources, there were 14 dead, 37 wounded and 5 soldiers whose fates are unknown.
During the day, Armenian defense forces issued videos in which Armenian forces could be seen attacking Azerbaijani armored vehicles. It is claimed that six such vehicles were destroyed, along with one military transport vehicle and a radio-electronic complex.
The situation remains tense. There are gatherings of forces at the border zone of Gegharkunik Province which is next to Karvachar. In an interview of the Mirror-Spectator with the leader of the enlarged community of Geghamasar, Hakob Avetyan, the latter stated that today the ceasefire regime was also broken in the directions of Sot and Verin Shorzha.
“There is firing. The information that has spread is true. They have fired numerous times throughout the day. We are very careful. We exepct at any moment a new provocation. Our military men are putting pressure on the enemy by shooting. At this moment, there is a large assemblage of military equipment which is very dangerous for us,” Avetyan said.
The community head observed at the same time that what is taking place has become a usual situation for the villagers since the Azerbaijanis often resort to provocations in this sector. He said, “People have already become accustomed to it, but are not reconciled to this situation. Now everyone is preparing so that if it becomes necessary, they will provide assistance to the army.”