By Aisha Jabbarova
Azerbaijan’s First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva has said that Azerbaijani people are defending their native lands in successful counter-offensive operations launched in response to Armenian attacks.
"The Azerbaijani state has never laid claim to anyone else’s lands, has never committed crimes against humanity. The Azerbaijani Army has never set foot on the lands of another state, it defends and fights for its native land," Mehriban Aliyeva said in a post in her Instagram account.
"Yet another armed provocation of Armenia has been rebuffed! Defending the Motherland, the Azerbaijani Army is conducting a successful counter-offensive operation and liberating the occupied territories of Azerbaijan,” Aliyeva said.
She expressed gratitude to all people, organizations and states that have expressed their principled and fair position in support of the Azerbaijani state and people. “First of all, I express my deep gratitude to the brotherly people of Turkey and personally to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Their solidarity and support evoke a sense of pride in every Azerbaijani today,” the First Vice-President said.
“We, the Azerbaijanis, are united in our thoughts, actions and prayers more than ever today! May the Great Allah protect the Azerbaijani people in their sacred struggle! May the Almighty grant every Azerbaijani the chance to kiss the sacred Karabakh soil!” Aliyeva said.
Armenian armed forces launched a large-scale operation in the front-line zone on September 27, shelling the positions of the Azerbaijani army from large-calibre weapons, mortars, and artillery installations of various calibres.
Azerbaijan launched a counter-offensive operation along the entire front to suppress the combat activity of the Armenian armed forces and ensure the safety of the civilian population. Azerbaijan liberated Garakhanbeyli, Garvend, Kend Horadiz, Yukhari Abdulrahmanli villages of Fizuli district, Boyuk Marjanli, and Nuzgar villages of Jabrayil district as well as strategically-important Murov height and destroyed the positions of the Armenian armed forces in the direction of the Agdere district and Murovdag.
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