27 white phosphorous smoke mortar shells found in Aghdam
- 05 January 2021
On January 4, 2021, Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action received information from Aghdam District Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs that a large number of shells were found in the territory of Giyasli village, Aghdam region, ANAMA told APA.
According to the information, the emergency mobile operational group of the Agency and the employees of the Aghdam District Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs were immediately deployed to the area for further investigation.
Specialists of the Agency and employees of the Aghdam District Police Department inspected the area. The area was cordoned off by police for security reasons. It was determined that the area was an enemy battle position and shots were fired at civilians and facilities. As a result of emergency operations carried out by the Agency's specialists, a total of 528 pieces of ammunition: 3 pieces of artillery shells ( 2 pieces of 152 mm OF-540 and 1 piece of 100 mm OF-32), 12 pieces of 122 mm 9M22U missile fired from 72 pieces of GRAD devices, 5 pieces of 82 mm S-832 mortar shells, 2 pieces of TM62P anti-tank mines, 419 pieces of explosives, as well as 27 pieces of white phosphorous (25 pieces of 82 mm M-74 WP caliber and 2 pieces of 120 mm BF caliber) smoke (D-4) (P-4) mortar shells were found.
The ammunition was destroyed on January 5, 2021, by the Agency's specialists with the participation of the employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the State Security Service.
The exploitation of the above-mentioned ammunition against civilians and infrastructure is prohibited in line with the requirements and principles of the International Humanitarian Law and according to protocol III to the Convention on some Conventional Weapons regarding (Convention on the prohibition or restriction of the use of Certain Conventional Weapons which may be extremely harmful or have a separate effect).
The fact once again proves that the Armenian armed forces have committed war crimes against civilians.