Minister of Defence of Azerbaijan Colonel General Zakir Hasanov at the frontline zone. Photo: press service of the Ministry of Defence of Azerbaijan

14 January 2020, 15:05

Azerbaijan registers 22 shelling attacks in conflict zone

The positions of the Azerbaijani troops in villages on the border with Armenia and in the Karabakh conflict zone were shelled from machine guns and sniper rifles, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of Azerbaijan reported.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on January 12, the Azerbaijani MoD claimed 24 shelling attacks on its positions, and a day earlier ‑ 22 shelling attacks.

The ceasefire was violated 22 times within 24 hours, and the Azerbaijani positions were shelled from heavy machine guns and sniper rifles, the press service of the Azerbaijani MoD reports today.

According to the Azerbaijani MoD, the fire came from the territory of Armenia and from the positions located "near the occupied villages." "The positions of the Azerbaijani troops in the villages of Gushchu Airym, Gyzylgadjyly in the Gazakh District, and at nameless heights in the territory of the Gadabay District were shelled," the Azerbaijani MoD reported on its official website.

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 January 14, 2019 at 09:13 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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