Azerbaijan Use Israeli-made LORA Missile in War with Armenia
Windowofworld.com – A video taken from the scene of the conflict between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh region shows Baku forces using Israeli-made LORA missile to fire on bridges in Armenia.
Azerbaijan is currently battling ethnic Armenian troops in the mountainous enclave of Nagorno-Karabakah after fighting began last Sunday between the two sides. The war widened after Armenia defended Nagorno-Karabakh over ethnic ties.
Nagorno-Karabakh, which is ruled by ethnic Armenians, was once part of the territory of Azerbaijan. However, the region became independent after the Soviet Union dissolved in the 1990s. Its independence is not recognized internationally and is considered by Azerbaijan as a separatist territory.
In the video, which was published by various media, a truck is seen approaching a bridge on the Armenian side of the conflict zone when a missile suddenly attacks and flattens the bridge.
LORA is a theatrical quasiballistic missile made by the Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI). This weapon can be launched from ship or land, has an operational range of 400 km (250 miles) and is accurate at hitting its target within ten minutes of launch.
Azerbaijan is the first and only confirmed country where Israel delivered LORA missiles through an arms deal that took place in 2018.
Azerbaijan is a well-known ally of Israel, which supplies Israel with about 40 percent of its oil needs. The country is an old customer of various Israeli defense companies, which buy drones, missiles and other advanced weapon systems.
In 2016, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev revealed that his country signed a long-term contract worth $ 5 billion over the years to buy weapons and security equipment from Israel.
Azerbaijan and Armenia – neighboring and former Soviet republics – have long been at odds over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.
The latest fighting began in the vicinity of the Tavush region in northeastern Armenia, about 300 km from the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave. About 11 civilians were reported killed and at least 67 injured in the fighting on Saturday (3/10/2020).
The Azerbaijan prosecutor’s office said so far 20 civilians had been killed and 55 injured in the shelling of Armenian troops. Azerbaijan has not reported any casualties among its military forces.
The fighting is more serious than at any time since the war in the 1990s that killed 30,000 people, and has deepened concerns about stability in the South Caucasus, a region where pipelines bring Azerbaijan’s oil and gas to world markets.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire to allow the repatriation of the remains of the soldiers who died.
Armenia said on Friday that it would cooperate with Russia, the United States and France to renew a ceasefire as the death toll rose on the sixth day of fighting in the South Caucasus.
Azerbaijan has not responded to calls for a ceasefire on Thursday by the three nations – the co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, which is brokering the crisis.