2020 July 15

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Jul/15/2020 news: / Tavush Battles / Casualties / Aliyev mad at MFA / 13 drones shut / Soldiers receive award & aid / Ethnic Talysh vs Aliyev / Evidence showing Azeri army attacks on Armenian civilians / Foreign affairs & response / Protests in Baku & Yerevan / The shepherd / Hackers strike / + more
by ar_david_hh


Tavush Battles / The first few days

July 12th events.

July 13th events.

July 14th events.

July 14th: Armenian civilians targeted / Azeris lost 10 drones / Press conference:

Azeri army opened fire at Chinari, Aygepar, Paravaqar, Nerqin Aghbyur, and Berd settlements. They struck civilian factories and a gas pipe, which has been recovered. No civilian injuries.

Azeris fired 3 shots from GRAD unit towards Armenian Berd city 10km within Armenia.

Azeris placed an entire artillery division next to their settlement, so any suppression of fire would result in Azeri civilian casualties.

We shut down 10 Azeri drones since July 12th.

No Armenian border villages have been emptied for safety reasons.

There is no need to draft the reserves right now.

The shootout stopped at 18:00 on July 14th.

https://youtu.be/EPvbEGYi3oo?t=384 , https://factor.am/268896.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1021748.html

July 14th update: Hermes 900 drone

Here is more info about the Hermes 900 Israeli-made Azeri drone. It was shut down by "OCA" unit modernized by the Armenian engineers.

The shooting of this drone was "unprecedented". These drones cost $30mln and they're exclusively used by Azeri Border Guards and not the regular army. Azeris purchased 15 units in 2016. These aren't suicide drones, but they can carry 350kg load or act as surveillance devices:

https://youtu.be/E6bO6pClmA8 , https://factor.am/268916.html

Armenia shoots 2 more drones at night / Total 13

Right before the relative calm, at around 23:00 the Armenian army shot down two more Azeri drones. The remnants fell in the buffer zone.

13 drones have been shot so far: 10 combat and 3 surveillance.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192626 , https://factor.am/269241.html

Armenia releases evidence showing how Azerbaijan targeted Armenian civilian villages

Video: https://www.facebook.com/100000768523525/videos/3162470667121853/

Video (close call): https://www.facebook.com/100000768523525/videos/3162470640455189/

More: https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192663

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Video of Aygepar village damage. "It was just a meter away from passing by my house," joked one resident. Residents began the repairs. Another mine landed in a backyard and its shrapnel made dozens of holes in the entrance gate: https://youtu.be/N9t8fDzoWK4?t=11

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Images from Aygepar village damage: https://www.civilnet.am/news/2020/07/15/Այգեպար․-հրետակոծության-հետևանքները/390075

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Photos show the damage done to Armenian Nerqin Karmiraghbyur and Aygepar villages. The shells hit several houses: https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192666

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Photo of unexploded Azeri bomb in a Tavush village: https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192670

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Photos of several damaged houses in Aygepar village: https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192679

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The Human Rights Ombudsman wrote two reports for international bodies about 50 shells fired at 6 Armenian villages. http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/283026/ , https://factor.am/269241.html

Azeri protesters storm the mini-majlis

Late July 14th a few thousand Azeri nationalists gathered in front of the Parliament building with pro-war slogans. Soon they entered the Parliament building while chanting "Karabakh is ours". Some damage was done to the walls.

Not long after the riot police came and kicked them out. The whistling crowd redirected their anger towards the forces. The police pushed them further away from the entrance, while many protesters expressed dissatisfaction.

When the crowd didn't voluntarily disperse, the police used a water cannon to cool them off.

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Many of the protesters were Azeri border villagers who went to Baku to demand weapons so they can fight. In the beginning, many were demanding Aliyev's and army officials' resignation, but the crowd changed its rhetoric to be pro-army instead.

Protests: https://youtu.be/b_zkAVWxzbI?t=39

Protests: https://youtu.be/xOkWelAvlUo?t=482

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192627

Thousands of Artsakh residents volunteer to join the army

In the past few days, thousands of Armenians from Artsakh went to sign up to join the army. "The flow hasn't stopped yet," said Artsakh govt, "dear volunteers, don't feel upset if you're rejected, the Armenian army is successfully handling the situation on the border."

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192624

"Armenians are no enemy of ours,"

…said ethnic Talysh activist Zabil Magerramov, while accusing Aliyev regime of "once again showing its true colors".

"He wants to drag people into war, which is only beneficial to the ruling elite. They want to distract people from COVID, low oil prices, struggling economy," said Magerramov.

"We encourage Talysh not to participate in these acts that go against our national interests and turn us into political cards in the hands of the regime."

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1021840.html

Casualties

Armenia: 4 deaths. 1 critically wounded. 5 medium wounds. 4 are currently being treated for light injuries and will return to service next week. Another 10 earlier had "scratches" and returned to their duties "within hours".

Azerbaijan: 12 deaths. At least 5 wounded, while the true number is unknown. Today they buried the Major General and the Colonel.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192635 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192636 , https://factor.am/269036.html , https://youtu.be/wvFcHHC3VLQ

Soldiers and families receive awards and aid

Pashinyan asked president Sarkissian to award the 4 fallen soldiers . Garush Hambardzumyan, Sos Elbakyan, Smbat Gabrialyan, and Grisha Matevosyan received medals posthumously.

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Death or Category 1 disability: $120,000 - $170,000 aid depending on rank.

Category 2 disability: $60,000 - $110,000 aid depending on rank.

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Three Colonels have been promoted as Major General.

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The Police Forces will give aid to the two wounded officers.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192653 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192654 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192667 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192698

The missing shepherd wandered into Azeri territory

Last week we learned how a 30yo resident of Nerqin Khndzoresk went missing. It was believed that he accidentally crossed the border. Today Azerbaijan confirmed that the man was captured on the Nakhijevan border.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1021849.html

SU-30 jets fly the skies

The new SU jets just took off to guard the air, said Pashinyan while releasing the video: https://youtu.be/52O4ULgGuyM

July 15th was Relatively calm

Nothing serious beginning 00:15 am. No large caliber shots.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192636

Armenia won't ask for CSTO's help

Army: our soldiers did their work. The scale of this conflict isn't large enough for Armenia to request assistance from CSTO military bloc.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192640

Hacking continued on July 15th

AM and AZ hackers took down websites yesterday. Today the Armenian hackers took down a website used by "Anti-Armenia" Azeri hackers who are DDoS-ing Armenian websites. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192650

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Azeri hackers hijacked European champion wrestler Arsen Harutyunyan's Instagram page and posted videos of Azeri army marches. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192681

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Tech expert shares links and tips on how to recover your Instagram and Facebook pages. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192675

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Azeri news site "haqqin" has been down due to DDoS.

ATM machines of two Azeri banks were "broken".

The official gov.az was taken down.

2GB of classified info was published containing Azeri navy's personnel.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192628

Azeri news circulates Afghan war footage

Haqqin news outlet circulated a 2019 video from the Afghan war, showing a truck with soldiers being blown up, and claimed it was from Tavush battles.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1021884.html

Foreign affairs and response on July 15th

The U.S. House will discuss a bill that could end the program that gives military defense tools to Azerbaijan, on Monday. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1021766.html

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Two European Parliament MPs condemned Azerbaijan's shelling of Armenian borders and accused German officials of taking bribes from Aliyev's regime to intentionally overlook. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192662

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Russia: we'll do everything to de-escalate the conflict. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1021811.html

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ARF activists poured borsch soup on the Ukrainian embassy in Yerevan as a sign of protest for their support for Azerbaijan. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2725856337649721

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Turkey, Pakistan, and various Turkish-influenced Islamic organizations expressed support for Azerbaijan. https://www.azatutyun.am/a/30726431.html

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Swedish MP Bjorn Soder has called for the world to condemn Azerbaijan's aggression and Turkey's support for the actions. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1021744.html

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Spanish MP Jon Inarritu condemned Azerbaijan's provocations. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1021750.html

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Cyprus MFA and Parliament speaker condemned Azerbaijan's aggression against Armenia. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192637 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192630

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Armenian MP: Aliyev fell hostage to his own anti-Armenian rhetoric. He has done everything to make Armenophobia the main force for inner unity. While COVID rages on, he purposely allowed yesterday's protests, to show the world that "see, our people want war".

But soon the protestors changed their demands. They began to demand the military officials' resignation. That's when the crowd broke into Parliament building, and that's when the govt realized the protest was turning anti-govt. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192672

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Armenia informed China and Georgia about the border events. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1021861.html

Ilham Aliyev blasts Azeri MFA for "poor work" / Minister 404

During a conference, Azeri president Aliyev said everyone was on their place beginning July 12th except for Foreign Minister Mammedyarov. "I couldn't find him."

Aliyev then criticized Mammedyarov for discussing COVID cooperation with Armenia. "What cooperation can there be with Armenia?"

Context: Azeri Foreign Ministry has been at the center of raids in the past few weeks, with Mammedyarov's aides being on the receiving end. It is believed that Aliyev wants to get rid of Mammedyarov.

Update: Mammedyarov has resigned.

http://www.civilnet.am/news/2020/07/15/Ալիևը-դժգոհել-է-Մամեդյարովի-աշխատանքից-և-կշտամբել-լարված-օրերին-աշխատավայրից-բացակայելու-համար/390159

https://twitter.com/517design/status/1283459298782306305

Theory: Aliyev's July 7th speech could explain the July 12th escalation

After the Azeri army used a military truck incident to incite the latest clashes, many people began speculating as to why. /u/Idontknowmuch

explains a theory by citing one of Aliyev's recent speeches and drawing parallels to his rhetoric that led to April 2016 battles.

https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/hqzp0z/azerbaijanarmenia_border_clashes_megathread/fy33rwd/

COVID stats

+2,418 tested. +515 infected. +619 healed. +16 deaths.

10,876 active. 21,348 healed. 592 deaths.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192634

musaler

No, not the Reddit user, but the village Musaler.

What about it?

It has a scrap factory.

So?

Three men have been stealing Yerevan's new garbage bins and smuggling them to the factory for scrap. The police caught them.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1021816.html

Infrastructure upgrades across Armenia

Before vs After. This is the 7km road that travels through Mets Parn and Tsakhkaber: https://factor.am/268850.html

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Abovyan's two main roads and the Constitutional Square are being renovated as part of a $1.3mln project. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1021798.html

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Tsakqar, Geg. will have a new road leading to iconic stone-bridge, and new lighting network on 2 streets. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1021797.html

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Makenis, Geg. will have a new 1.5km drinking water network. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1021812.html

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Paravakar will have its water network renovated. 14km new pipes, 318 new water meters, chlorine stations on the newly repaired reservoirs. http://arka.am/en/news/society/amd_155_million_to_be_invested_in_water_supply_system_in_paravakar_village/

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Keti village will have a new kindergarten so kids won't have to travel long distances. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192706

Artsakh gives $265 COVID aid…

… to people whose only source of income was to drive taxi to/from Armenia prior to the pandemic.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192632

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Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/hrt01o/jul152020_news_tavush_battles_casualties_aliyev/

Disclaimer: All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law, even if they may sound as being guilty. Currency in Armenian Drams ֏ unless specified otherwise. Helpful overview of Armenia's media ownership and leanings.


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