By Rashid Shirinov
Uzbek Ambassador to Azerbaijan Sherzod Fayziev and a group of the embassy’s staff visited the Alkhanly village of Azerbaijan’s Fuzuli region, which was recently shelled by Armenian militaries.
On July 4, Armenian armed forces, using mortars and grenade launchers, shelled the village. As a result, an Armenian shell killed two Azerbaijani civilians living in Alkhanly – Sahiba Allahverdiyeva and her 2-year-old granddaughter Zahra Guliyeva.
During his visit, Uzbek ambassador paid a tribute to the graves of Zahra and Sahiba Allahverdiyeva. The delegation also met with Zahra’s family and inspected the area where the tragedy occurred.
Fayziev also visited Salminaz Guliyeva in the Horadiz city hospital, who was seriously injured due to the same Armenian provocation, and inquired about her condition.
Azerbaijan’s villages in Fuzuli, Agdam, Jabrayil, Tartar and other frontline regions frequently face destructive acts by Armenian soldiers. By committing such provocations, the Armenian side deliberately seeks to cause harm to Azerbaijani people by making life at the border difficult and risky for them.
Armenia captured Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions from Azerbaijan in a war that followed the Soviet breakup in 1991. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and nearly 1 million were displaced as a result of the war.
Large-scale hostilities ended with a Russia-brokered ceasefire in 1994 but Armenia continued the occupation in defiance of four UN Security Council resolutions calling for immediate and unconditional withdrawal. Peace talks mediated by Russia, France and the U.S. within the OSCE Minsk Group have produced no results so far.
Rashid Shirinov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @RashidShirinov
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