We have just learned that late last night in northwestern Iran in the province of Heris, a missile from the ongoing military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh hit agricultural land in the village of Aqa-Alilou. According to Governor Harris, no one was injured in the rocket strike.
Iranian state media IRNA claims that at least 50 mortar shells have fallen and hit lands in the province in the region since the beginning of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict this year.
Yesterday, on October 13, an Israeli-made drone crashed on the territory of Iran. This news was confirmed both by a number of Russian news agencies and by the state news agency of Iran – IRNA.
The only thing reported so far is the ongoing investigation by the Iranian authorities into the ownership of the drone – Armenian or Azerbaijani. From the shared photo on the Internet it is clear that this is an Israeli-made drone IAI Harop. According to BulgarianMilitary.com, only Azerbaijan may be the owner of this drone, as it is no secret that Tel Aviv supplies weapons to Baku and President Aliev.
We remind you that Iran has repeatedly demanded an end to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, but also that it has officially warned the two warring parties not to violate the airspace or territorial integrity of the Islamic Republic, otherwise the Iranian military will eliminate any such action without warning. We remind you that almost 10 days ago there was information in the media that Iran had shot down two attacking helicopters of the Azerbaijani forces. Baku’s official statement was that the helicopters were shot down over Nagorno-Karabakh, but fell on Iranian territory.
Today, a number of media outlets also claim that this drone (IAI Harop – ed.) Was shot down by the Iranian air force. There is no official confirmation from Tehran for such an action, and this type of information is currently coming mainly from Russian media agencies. BulgarianMilitary.com cannot confirm whether the drone was shot down over Iranian territory, or whether it happened again over Nagorno-Karabakh.
It is noteworthy that more and more often Azerbaijani armaments end up in Iran’s territory, which raises the question – is Iran gradually entering a military conflict that it does not want, and is Tehran really shooting down Azerbaijani helicopters and drones over its territory?
The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on September 27, active clashes are taking place in the disputed territory. Martial law was introduced in Azerbaijan and Armenia, and mobilization was announced. Both sides reported killed and wounded, including civilians. In Baku, they announced the control of several Karabakh villages and strategic heights. Yerevan also reports about the shelling of the territory of Armenia.
Azerbaijan and Armenia have been in conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh since February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan SSR.
During the armed conflict in 1992-1994, the Azerbaijani side lost control of Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven areas adjacent to it. Since 1992, negotiations have been conducted within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group on a peaceful settlement of the conflict. The group is led by co-chairs – Russia, USA and France.
In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, through the mediation of Russia, signed the Bishkek Armistice Protocol. At the same time, military operations did not stop there, which periodically renewed.
The most significant exacerbation of the conflict was the four-day war of 2016. Then hundreds of soldiers on both sides became victims.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during a meeting with the President of Azerbaijan last year, called for a rhetoric that would go against the fundamental principles endorsed by both sides and enshrined in the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act when resolving the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh.
At the same time, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry admitted that much more needs to be done to achieve a long-term political settlement.