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Israeli-produced drone allegedly kills seven Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh

An alleged Israeli-produced drone flying over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory
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Video shows what WaPo identifies as Israeli-made drone; Armenian officials says the UAV hit bus

An Israeli-produced suicide drone was captured flying over the disputed area of Nagorno-Karabakh, the site of clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan, a video appears to show.

A report by the The Washington Post identified the ‎unmanned aerial vehicle as an Israeli Aerospace Industries Harop loitering munition, adding that "unlike, for instance, a Predator drone armed with a Hellfire missile, the Harop itself is the munition and destroys a target by ramming into it."

It can be guided either by a remote control or find targets autonomously based on radar or radio wave emissions, the report said.

The drone captured in the video hit a bus carrying “Armenian volunteers,” killing seven, according to Artsrun Hovhannisyan, a spokesman for Armenia’s Defense Ministry.

At least 75 people were reported killed as the festering dispute over the territory -- which was captured from Azerbaijan by Armenian separatists in an early 1990s war -- escalated dramatically on Friday, sparking international concern.

Azerbaijan's army claimed to have snatched control of several strategic locations inside Armenian-controlled territory, effectively changing the frontline for the first time since an inconclusive truce ended the war in 1994.

Both sides have accused each other of starting the latest outbreak of violence, and it has sparked fears of a wider conflict in the region that could drag in Russia and Turkey.


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