Traces from shelling, Nagorno-Karabakh. Photo by Alvard Grigoryan for the Caucasian Knot

19 July 2019, 15:07

Azerbaijan claims machine gun attacks in conflict zone

The positions of the Azerbaijani army in the Karabakh conflict zone were shelled 26 times within 24 hours, reports today the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for Azerbaijan.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on July 18, the State Border Guard Service of Azerbaijan stated that a soldier was wounded as a result of a shelling attack from Armenia. Earlier, in its daily reports, the Azerbaijani MoD registered no violations of the ceasefire in the conflict zone, while Nagorno-Karabakh registered shelling attacks from Azerbaijan every week.

"The units of the armed forces of Armenia used large-calibre machine guns and 26 times violated the ceasefire regime in different directions of the front within 24 hours," reports today the Azerbaijani MoD on its website.

According to the Azerbaijani MoD, the positions of the Azerbaijani army were shelled on the nameless heights of the Gadabay District.

After the escalation of the Karabakh conflict in April 2016, the parties agreed on the ceasefire. Despite the agreement, over two years, the parties claimed daily shelling attacks in the conflict zone, as it follows from the infographic "Karabakh after the truce: a two-year war" prepared by the "Caucasian Knot". After the meeting of officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Armenia and Azerbaijan, held on June 20, Azerbaijan stated an almost complete cessation of shelling attacks; however, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of Nagorno-Karabakh continues to register violations of the ceasefire.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on July 19, 2019 at 11:04 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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