Armenia threatens to strike the largest dam in Azerbaijan.
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In an ever increasing tensions, Armenia has threatened Azerbaijan that it will strike their largest dam located in the city of Mingachevir.
Over the last 30 years, Armenia repeatedly threatened that it will strike the hydro power station as a part of an attack on the Azerbaijan civilian population.
The destruction of the dam would result in catastrophic damage to Azerbaijan. The water released from the dam would most likely cover a huge area, which could lead to environmental, infrastructure and humanitarian disasters, apart from the countless lives that will be lost. In such a scenario, it is predicted that half of the population will suffer from power outages. Gas pipelines, railways and strategic transport may also be severely affected.
The spokesman of the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan, Vagif Dargahli, said that, ‘The relief of the area where the Mingachevir water reservoir is located, the fortifying work carried out in this complex, as well as the modern air defense systems at the disposal of our Air Defense Forces do not allow our strategic object to be hit.’
The threats came amid the recent clashes that occurred between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is occupied by Armenian soldiers but is Azerbaijan’ territory. The clashes that broke out on 12th July resulted in several casualties. Read more about this here:
Several days after this post, several clashes occurred between the two countries. The United Nations Security Council adopted four resolutions in 1994, in which it demands all soldiers in the occupied region of Nagorno-Karabakh to leave and return the land to Azerbaijan. To this day, Armenia has yet not fulfilled these resolutions.