On Tuesday (26 November) Armenian mainstream media sources reported that the Armenian military formations in Nagorno-Karabakh had repulsed an attempted infiltration by Azerbaijan. The report gave a detailed account of the alleged incursion, saying that two groups were involved, one involving 14 persons and the other 20 and that the incident happened in the area around Martakert. The report even said that one Azerbaijani soldier had been seriously wounded, but that he was taken back across the line by his colleagues.
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence very soon after denied the incident had happened.
Such accusations and counter accusations have been common in the context of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in recent years. On this occasion however the story took a different twist. In the evening of the same day the Spokesman of the Armenian Defence Ministry, Artsrun Hovhannisyan, also confirmed that the incident had not taken place. He wrote on his facebook page that "rumors of attempted large-scale Azerbaijani sabotage penetration in the direction of Artsakh were not true", Armenpress reported
This left people wandering what this was all about in the first place, and who was behind the disinformation.
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