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Armenian military injures two Azerbaijani civilians

19 October 2015 15:32 (UTC+04:00)
Armenian military injures two Azerbaijani civilians

By Aynur Karimova

The Armenian Armed Forces have again aggravated tensions on the contact line of Armenian-Azerbaijani troops.

As a result of a ceasefire violation by the Armenian military, which will not hesitate to fire at civilians who live in the villages located near the frontline, two Azerbaijani civilians - both residents of Aghbulag village of Tovuz region - were injured.

Local media reported on October 19 that Armenian Armed Forces fired at a resident of the village, 28-year-old Elvin Gafarov who was searching for his lost cattle in an open area on October 18.

The shell exploded and as a result, Gafarov received serious shrapnel wounds. His left leg was seriously injured. When a fellow villager, Gahraman Jabbarov, came to help him, he was also fired upon.

When the second shell exploded, Jabbarov sustained injuries to his face. Both wounded were taken to Tovuz central hospital for treatment. Their conditions are serious.

The fact has not been confirmed by Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry yet.

The real situation on the contact line of Armenian-Azerbaijani troops remains tense, despite a ceasefire agreement that the sides signed in 1994. The Armenian Army violates the ceasefire agreement from almost all directions, consistently firing on Azerbaijani positions.

Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry reported on October 19 that the Armenian Armed Forces shattered ceasefire a total of 86 times throughout the day.

The Azerbaijani Armed Forces inflicted 86 blows on points, positions and trenches of the enemy.

Armenia occupied the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan and seven surrounding regions and keeps over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory under its control.

Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a lengthy war that ended with the signing of a fragile ceasefire in 1994. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and over 1 million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities. Since the war, the Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions.

Armenia continues the occupation in defiance of four UN Security Council resolutions calling for immediate and unconditional withdrawal of armed forces.

Peace talks brokered by mediators from Russia, France and the U.S. have produced no results so far.

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Aynur Karimova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Aynur_Karimova

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