Azerbaijan has declared a no-fly zone throughout Nagorno-Karabakh.
"Azerbaijan has declared a no-fly zone throughout the occupied territories and issued a standard notice for all members of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)," the Azeri Foreign Ministry said in a report.
The illegal penetration of the Azeri airspace by Armenian military helicopters is an act of "ongoing occupation and aggression against Azerbaijan and a policy of encroachment on territorial integrity and sovereignty of the republic," the report said.
The Azeri Defense Ministry press service said that a Mil Mi-24 helicopter of the Armenian Armed Forces flying 1,700 meters northeast of the village of Kengerli in the Agdam district of Azerbaijan at 1:45 p.m. local time on November 12 took a battle course and tried to attack positions of the Azeri army. The Azeri servicemen returned fire and shot down the enemy helicopter.
Wreckage from the downed helicopter fell on territory 500 meters from the Azeri positions, the Azeri Defense Ministry said.
In turn, the Defense Ministry of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic said on Wednesday that Azerbaijan had shot down a Mil Mi-24 helicopter of the Nagorno-Karabakh army.
A report posted on the ministry's website said that the helicopter was on a training mission.
Nagorno-Karabakh presidential press secretary David Babayan said later that the downed helicopter was not military. The media claimed three people died in the crash.
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