By Ayya Lmahamad
Azerbaijan’s Human Rights Commissioner Sabina Aliyeva has said that Armenia’s shelling of a civilian settlement in border Tovuz region yesterday shows its aggressive policy and also violates article 18 of the Geneva Convention.
During the visit to Tovuz, Aliyev said on July 15 that Armenia shelled a hospital and a civilian settlement in Tovuz region.
"We strongly protest against this and will inform the relevant international organizations as soon as possible,” she said.
An Azerbaijani civilian in Tovuz region’s Aghdam village, Aziz Azizov, was killed as a result of artillery shelling by the Armenian armed forces on July 14.
It should be noted that article 18 of the Geneva Convention forbids parties to a conflict shoot shells or artillery at hospitals or civilian gatherings.
The cross-border fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan started on July 12 with Armenia's firing artillery at Azerbaijan's positions in the direction of Tovuz region. Five Azerbaijani servicemen, including a major general and colonel, have been killed during the Armenian attack on the border on the night leading to July 14. Moreover, earlier was reported that the attack killed four Azerbaijani servicemen and injured four others. Azerbaijan responded by destroying a stronghold, bombshells, vehicles and servicemen on the territory of the Armenia’s military unit using artillery, mortars and tanks on the night leading to July 13.
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