Karabakh: Azerbaijan uses spy drones as ceasefire holds in conflict zone

An Azeri drone, shot down by Karbakh forces. (Photo: Artsrun Hovhannisyan/ Official Facebook page)

Azerbaijani armed forces used unmanned aerial vehicles for spying purposes in the southern, eastern and northern directions of the line of contact with Nagorno-Karabakh overnight as the tentative April 5 ceasefire agreed in the conflict zone after four days of deadly fighting mostly held on April 11 and early April 12.

According to Nagorno-Karabakh’s Ministry of Defense, in certain sections of the line of contact Azerbaijani forces released shots from firearms of different calibers as well as used mortars.

“In particular, in the northeastern (Martakert) and southeastern (Hadrut) directions the adversary opened fire at Armenian positions from 82-mm (3 shots), 60-mm (4 shots) mortars and a grenade-launcher (17 grenades),” the Ministry said.

“The vanguard units of the Defense Army closely followed the actions of the adversaries and resorted to corresponding steps whenever necessary.”

As many as 65 Armenian soldiers were killed and 121 were wounded in fighting off Azerbaijan’s aggression against Nagorno-Karabakh in the period of April 1-6. It is believed that one Armenian soldier was taken prisoner by Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan says 31 of its soldiers were killed, another 33 were wounded and 2 were missing after the clashes. Independent sources outside Azerbaijan, however, put the number of Azeri casualties at least at 93.

Both sides also reported victims among their civilians.