By Rashid Shirinov
A group of Azerbaijani parliamentarians headed by the Vice Speaker Bahar Muradova have visited Salminaz Guliyeva, who was injured by the Armenian armed forces on July 4.
On that day, Armenian troops, using mortars and grenade launchers, shelled the frontline village of Alkhanli located in Azerbaijan’s Fuzuli region. As a result, an Armenian shell killed two Azerbaijani civilians – Sahiba Allahverdiyeva and her 2-year-old granddaughter Zahra Guliyeva. The third civilian Salminaz Guliyeva got wounded and was taken to the hospital and operated on there.
The chief doctor of the Fuzuli region central hospital Natig Shukurov told Trend on July 13 that the Vice Speaker and MPs enquired about the well-being of the wounded, who currently receives treatment in the Horadiz city hospital.
Earlier in the day, Bahar Muradova and MPs inspected the place where the Azerbaijani woman and toddler were killed.
Shukurov noted that the condition of the wounded Guliyeva is always in the focus of attention of the state structures. Some days ago, Azerbaijani Human Rights Commissioner Elmira Suleymanova also visited Salminaz.
Azerbaijan’s villages in many frontline regions, mainly in Fuzuli, Agdam, Jabrayil, Tartar and others, frequently face shelling and provocations by the Armenian militaries. By committing such provocations, the Armenian side deliberately seeks to cause damage to Azerbaijani people living near the frontline and tries to make their life difficult and risky.
Over the past 24 hours, Armenia’s armed forces have violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between the Azerbaijani and Armenian troops 125 times. The Armenians shelled the Azerbaijani army positions near the state border in the Agstafa, Gazakh, Tovuz and Gadabay regions, as well as the Azerbaijani positions along the Nagorno-Karabakh frontline.
The Nagorno-Karabakh 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.
Rashid Shirinov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @RashidShirinov
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