Destroyed houses, power transmission lines in Azerbaijan’s Aghdam restored
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.4
By Samir Ali - Trend:
Restoration work has started in the villages of Azerbaijan's Aghdam district which were subjected to the artillery shelling by Armenians, Ragub Mammadov, head of the Aghdam District Executive Power, told Trend Apr.4.
He noted that currently, the situation in Aghdam is relatively quiet.
"We meet the people whose houses were damaged as a result of the shelling on the contact line and render them all the possible assistance," said Mammadov.
He added that the power transmission lines in Asadli and Garadaghli villages were destroyed as a result of the artillery fire by Armenians, but the power supply was immediately restored.
"Moreover, 24 families in Tezekend village were left without electricity, but its supply was restored on Apr.3 in the evening," Mammadov added.
On the night of Apr. 2, all the frontier positions of Azerbaijan were subjected to heavy fire from Armenians, who were using large-caliber weapons, mortars, grenade launchers and guns. Azerbaijani settlements near the frontline densely populated by civilians were shelled as well.
A counter-attack was carried out following the provocations of the Armenian armed forces on the night of Apr. 2.
Six Armenian tanks, 15 gun mounts and reinforced engineering structures were destroyed and more than 100 servicemen of the Armenian armed forces were wounded and killed during the shootouts.
Twelve servicemen of the Azerbaijani armed forces heroically died, one Mi-24 helicopter was shot down and one tank was damaged on a mine.
Three more soldiers of Azerbaijan were killed during the past day and night as a result of the ceasefire violation.
On Apr. 4, Azerbaijani armed forces destroyed three tanks and eliminated around 30 servicemen of the Armenian armed forces.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.
Edited by SI