Ministry: Azerbaijani armed forces hit no civil targets

Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry has refused Armenian media reports on the alleged death of Armenian civilian by a bullet fired from the Azerbaijani side.

"The Azerbaijani armed forces, unlike Armenians, have never fired on civilians and civil facilities in compliance with the principles and norms of the international humanitarian law," the Defense Ministry announced on February 12.

The ministry stated that Armenia is again trying to accuse the Azerbaijani armed forces of firing on civilians, and described this as an attempt to hide tense internal criminal situation in Armenia

"What is worth paying attention to in the Armenians` allegations is that the village they mention is very far from the contact line of troops," the Ministry said. “We firmly state that the Azerbaijani side has nothing to do with the dead of Akop Ambarsumyan.”

Meanwhile, the ministry reports about the consistent ceasefire violations and shelling of the Azerbaijani positions by Armenian troops.

Armenian armed forces violated the ceasefire with Azerbaijan 121 times by using mortars in various parts of the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian armies in the last 24 hours, the defense ministry reported in the morning.

Armenia occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions, after laying territorial claims against its South Caucasus neighbor that caused a brutal war in the early 1990s. Long-standing efforts by U.S, Russian and French mediators have been largely fruitless so far.

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