Iran Beefs Up Air Defences in Northwest Amid Karabakh Tensions - Reports

© AFP 2022 / ARIS MESSINISSmoke rises after a shelling next to the Ghazanchetsots (Holy Saviour) Cathedral in the historic city of Shusha, some 15 kilometres from the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh province's capital Stepanakert, on October 8, 2020 as fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces spilt over today, with fresh shelling in the city ahead of a first meeting of international mediators in Geneva
Smoke rises after a shelling next to the Ghazanchetsots (Holy Saviour) Cathedral in the historic city of Shusha, some 15 kilometres from the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh province's capital Stepanakert,  on October 8, 2020 as fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces spilt over today, with fresh shelling in the city ahead of a first meeting of international mediators in Geneva - Sputnik International
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TEHRAN (Sputnik) - Iran has reinforced air defence units in the country's northwest amid the escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Tasnim news agency reported on Tuesday, citing Army Commander Maj. Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi.

According to Mousavi, Iran may deploy even more forces to the border region if necessary.

The move comes amid the spillover of shelling in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone into Iranian territory. Tehran confirmed that several drones have crashed on its territory amid the continuous fighting and warned Armenia and Azerbaijan against stray shelling.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has already deployed a mechanised infantry unit in northwestern Iran. On Monday, the head of IRGC, Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, visited the country's northern Khoda Afarin County, which borders Armenia and Azerbaijan, and called for boosting security in the region.

Tensions escalated in the region in late September. Since then, three humanitarian ceasefires have been agreed on by the parties. However, all were broken just hours after entering into force.

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