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June 12, 1993 – Monte Melkonian Met Death On the Battlefield

In the early morning the self-defense forces of the Martuni region of Nagorno Karabakh began an operation to destroy the military strongholds in the villages of the Aghdam region of Azerbaijan.

Everything was going as planned. By noon the operation was over. Monte, Komitas, Saribek, Saro, Hovik, and Gevork entered the Marzili village riding in a Vilis.

After examining the territory they were to determine the new positions. When they were approaching a crossroads they noticed an armored vehicle and stopped the Vilis. At a distance of 40 meters a group of soldiers gathered around the vehicle. Komitas, who was wearing an Azerbaijani military uniform, got out of the car and walked towards them. He called to them, “Are you Armenians?” They answered “No” in Azerbaijani. Komitas would later say that the moment he asked the question he knew they were enemy soldiers. He opened fire and retreated. The others jumped out the car and took positions, firing.

The vehicle’s large-caliber machine-gun joined the enemy’s submachine gunners. During the first burst of gunfire, the men were lying on the ground. Monte rushed towards the wall of the nearest house. The second machine-gun burst resounded. It hit the wall… A large fragment of a shell pierced Monte’s head. Four of the men were already wounded. Holding Monte, Hovik called for help over the radio transmitter – 00 is shot, 00 is no more… They took position around their commander and continued to resist. The relief forces destroyed the Azerbaijani detachment, and took a prisoner. The reconnaissance chief, Saribek Martirosyan, was bleeding profusely and died as soon as they reached the hospital.

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Comments (15)
1. Hova03:50 - 17 June, 2011
Monte Melkonian was a terrorist.
2. SUREN-ATENK03:11 - 18 June, 2011
Hova, erani mi kani hat terorist MONTE MELKONYAN unenayink.
3. Serge10:27 - 18 June, 2011
Monte may have been a terrorist, but we need more like him. He didn't fight for money or fame. He did what he did because he believed in the cause of the Armenian people and their long-lost rights.
4. SUREN_ATENK20:11 - 18 June, 2011
Ete yurakanchyur hay gone mi kich Monte liner, mer azgn aysor taracashrjanum teladrox kliner.
5. tatevik00:04 - 19 June, 2011
... u te korcnenq Artsakh@, menq kshrjenq mer joghovrdi patmutyan verjin ej@... MONTE MELKONYAN
6. kilerciyan23:07 - 31 July, 2011
Monte was a freedom fighter.
7. Apero's ASALA 13:44 - 21 November, 2011
Monte will always be my hero
8. ybuarmyan22:28 - 16 February, 2012
9. nan14:41 - 12 June, 2012
mianum em suren atenqi xosqin , erani MONTE MELQONYAN (terorist)100 hoqi unenainq!
10. Աբո ջան16:28 - 12 June, 2012
Հավերժ փառք հերոս Մոնթեին: Չմոռանանք, հիշենք ու միշտ հարգենք նրա հիշատակը` մեր սրտերում, մեր գործերում ու կյանքում:
11. Teda18:57 - 12 June, 2012
Monte is an armenian hero, a national hero!
12. zohrab14:07 - 13 June, 2012
trust me we have lots of montes when needed they will appear
13. Hay13:04 - 14 June, 2012
Montei nmanner@ kyanq@ tvecin Bulku nmanner@ poqrik ishxanikner darcan ev tirecin Hayastan@
14. NAREK12:57 - 5 December, 2012
инчек арел дзер апрац таринери энтацкум? Асем? Апрелек дзер стамокси у дзер анцнакан шайи амар! Уреме чаамарцаквек кннадател МОНТЕИН аселов нран терорист. Дук нманерт вочинчек у чек лини! Монтен апрела горцела асела ми амбохч hay азги жоховрди HAYASTANI амар
15. john pashayan00:45 - 14 June, 2015
Monte was no terrorist period. the people he fought were true terrorist. He is truly a hero for laying his life on the line for a country that showed little or no respect for his contributions. If Monte were alive today do you think that Armenia would be in the shape that it is in. My family knew his family because we are from the same area as his family. My father was friends with Charles Melkonyan they were the same age.. It has been twenty two years sense his passing and I will never forget what he did for the Armenian people. In 1991 September 23 I was in Armenian the day they received independence and stayed there for 6 weeks. My wife is from Yervan and have a great love for our country as all Armenian should. God Bless You Monte
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