By Rashid Shirinov
The Garalar village of Tovuz region, which borders Armenia’s Berd region, was yesterday subjected to fire from the Armenian armed forces.
The Armenian troops intensified the shelling in the direction of the Azerbaijani village on the night from July 29 to July 30. The aggressors mainly subjected at civilian population engaged in agriculture, APA reports.
As a result of the shelling from large-caliber weapons, the roofs and walls of the houses were seriously damaged. The villagers say that the Armenian militaries constantly carry out such provocations during the sowing period in order not to let the Azerbaijani civilians work.
The population of the Garalar village is 242 people, who live in 43 houses. The upper part of the village, which is right opposite the Armenian military positions, is often subjected to fire from the aggressors.
In general, Azerbaijan’s villages in Fuzuli, Agdam, Jabrayil, Tartar and other frontline regions frequently face such 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.
One of the most hideous provocations by Armenian troops was committed on July 4, when the Armenian armed forces, using mortars and grenade launchers, shelled the Alkhanli village of Azerbaijan’s Fuzuli region. As a result, an Armenian shell killed two Azerbaijani civilians – a woman and her 2-year-old granddaughter.
The conflict began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding regions. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and over 1 million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.
Armenia still controls fifth part of Azerbaijan's territory and rejects implementing four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding districts.
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