2010 Nagorno-Karabakh clashes

The 2010 Nagorno-Karabakh clashes were a series of exchanges of gunfire that took place on February 18 on the line of contact dividing Azerbaijani and the Karabakh Armenian military forces. Azerbaijan accused the Armenian forces of firing on the Azerbaijani positions near Tap Qaraqoyunlu, Qızıloba, Qapanlı, Yusifcanlı and Cavahirli villages, as well as in uplands of Agdam Rayon with small arms fire including snipers.[2][3] As a result, three Azerbaijani soldiers were killed and one wounded.[4]

2010 Nagorno-Karabakh clashes
Part of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Date18 February 2010
 Armenia  Azerbaijan
Unknown Unknown
Casualties and losses
Armenia None[1] Azerbaijan 3 killed, 1 wounded[2]

The engagement became the second deadliest ceasefire violation since 1994, after the 2008 Mardakert clashes.


The incidents embraced two regions in Nagorno-Karabakh (Tartar Rayon, Agdam Rayon) and one region out of it (Goranboy Rayon). Azerbaijani sources claim that on 13:00 local time the Karabakh Armenian military fired from Talysh towards the Azerbaijani positions in Tap Qaraqoyunlu. Accordingly, at 15:00 Armenian troops allegedly opened fire from Agdam Rayon, killing one Azeri soldier. After some time the shooting achieved a large-scale character[2] and continued until evening. According to the Azerbaijani side, Karabakh Armenian troops withdrew with losses.[2]


Following the incidents the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry announced the names of those killed: Private Sahil Mammadov (born 10 April 1991, called up by Shaki Commissariat in April, 2009), Corporal Royal Farajov (born 8 March 1991, called up in April, 2009), Private Davud Rustamov (born 22 July 1991, called up in October, 2009).[2] Private Elvin Adigozalov (born 10 December 1990, called up in January, 2009) was wounded.[2]

Although the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense estimated Armenian casualties to be "not less than ours",[5] Armenian military spokesman Senor Hasratian denied that the Armenian side had sustained any casualties.[1]

International reactionEdit

  •   Iran On February 19 Iranian ambassador in Armenia Seyed Ali Saghaeyan said at a press conference in Yerevan: "Iran shares a common border with Karabakh, and therefore we surely have our own considerations and views about the composition of a peacekeeping force that might be deployed in the conflict zone".[1] Saghaeyan, however, did not clarify what he meant by Iran and Karabakh share "a common border."[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Nagorno-Karabakh Forces 'Committed' To Cease-Fire". RFE/RL. February 20, 2010. Archived from the original on 27 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Azerbaijan announces names of soldiers killed and wounded by Armenian fire". News.az. Archived from the original on February 21, 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  3. ^ "Azerbaijan: Baku Claims Three Dead in Karabakh Crossfire". Eurasianet. Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  4. ^ "Three Azerbaijani Soldiers Killed Near Nagorno-Karabakh". RFE/RL. Archived from the original on 27 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  5. ^ "Cəbhə xəttində atışma: 3 əsgərimiz şəhid oldu" (in Azerbaijani). Milli.az. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2010-11-27.