As the space photo published by the “Caucasus Heritage Monitoring” website clearly shows, Baku destroyed the historic Halivori Bridge, built in 1835, located 2 km southwest of the village of Mets Tagher in the occupied Hadrut district of the Republic of Artsakh.

Information on the bridge is modest. According to the seven-line construction inscription engraved on a slab on the upstream facade of the bridge, it is one of six bridges built over the Ishkhanaget and its tributaries, four of which have been continuously preserved and operated until in the Second Artsakh War. The bridge connected the villages of Tumi and Mets Tagher. Information about the monument is scarce. Until the 90s of the 20th century, it never attracted the attention of travelers and researchers. The main information is taken from the work of Samvel Karapetyan dedicated to the bridges of Artsakh.

It can be seen that Baku continues to destroy Armenian traces in the occupied regions of Artsakh. On the territory of the occupied Hadrut region, the Azerbaijani side is carrying out large-scale road construction and engineering works of a military nature, which endanger the numerous monuments of the Hadrut region, which have been spoken about several times times.

We consider it necessary to recall that the first protocol of the Convention “On the protection of cultural values in the event of armed conflicts” prohibits the destruction of cultural or spiritual values in occupied territories. The Second Hague Protocol of 1999 reaffirms this requirement and qualifies such an act as an international crime under Article 15. Actions aimed at destroying cultural property are also prohibited by the four international conventions and protocols on the protection of victims of war, the laws and customs of the war of August 12, 1949 in Geneva, as well as the relevant UN resolutions and conventions relating to human rights.