Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 120 times in 24 hours
Baku, Azerbaijan, April 5
During the past 24 hours, Armenian armed forces 120 times violated ceasefire on various parts of the contact line between the troops of Azerbaijan and Armenia, said Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry April 5.
Armenian military was using 60, 82 and 120-millimeter mortars, grenade launchers and large-caliber machine-guns.
Azerbaijani positions located in the village of Gizilhajili of the Gazakh district were fired at by Armenians stationed in the Berkaber village of Armenia's Ijevan district.
Armenian military stationed in the Aygepar village of Armenia's Berd district opened fire at the Azerbaijani army positions in the Alibayli village of the Tovuz district.
Azerbaijani army positions, located on nameless heights in Azerbaijan's Gadabay district, were fired at by the Armenian military stationed on nameless heights in Armenia's Krasnoselsk district.
Armenian army also opened fire from positions near the Gulustan village of the Goranboy district, the Goyarkh, Yarimja, Chilaburt villages of the Tartar district, the Shikhlar, Bash Garvand, Javahirli, Sarijali, Kangarli, Novruzlu, Shuraabad, Merzili, Yusifjanli villages of the Aghdam district, the Kuropatkino village of the Khojavand district, the Garakhanbeyli, Horadiz, Gorgan, Ashagi Seyidahmadli villages of the Fizuli district and the Mehdili village of the Jabrayil district.
Armenians also opened fire upon the Azerbaijani army positions from nameless heights in the Goygol, Goranboy, Khojavand, Fizuli and Jabrayil districts.
Azerbaijani armed forces inflicted 126 strikes upon Armenian positions.
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.
On the night of April 2, 2016, all the frontier positions of Azerbaijan were subjected to heavy fire from the Armenian side, which used large-caliber weapons, mortars and grenade launchers. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-attack, which led to liberation of several strategic heights and settlements. The situation on the contact line remains tense.