Report: Israeli-made Suicide Drone Used in Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

This could be one of the first instances of such a weapon being used in combat, The Washington Post reports, after a video of what appears to be a Harop drone emerges.

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Video footage posted on Youtube appears to show an Israeli-made suicide drone flying over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, where fighting has flared anew between Azerbaijan and Armenia, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

This could be one of the first instances of such a weapon being used in combat, the newspaper said in its report.

Based on its distinct shape, the drone appears to be an Israeli Aerospace Industries Harop loitering munition, the Post said.

The Harop is meant to destroy a target by ramming into it. The report cites the manufacturer's website as saying the Harop can find targets based on radar or radio wave emissions.

Artsrun Hovhannisyan, a spokesman for Armenia's Defense Ministry, told Ria Novosti, a Russian state-run news agency, that in this video, the Harop has apparently targeted a bus full of Armenian "volunteers," killing seven. The spokesman posted about the Harop on his Facebook page, indicating it was piloted by Azerbaijani forces, according to media reports cited by the Washington Post.

According to the report, Israeli surveillance drones have also been spotted in Ukraine and Syria.

On Tuesday, the Azeri defense ministry said that its forces and separatist forces in Nagorno-Karabakh agreed on a cease-fire following three days of the heaviest fighting in the region since 1994.

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