Baku, Azerbaijan, July 30
At night of July 30 and in the morning, the villages of Bala Jafarli, Gushchu Ayrim of the Gazakh district, the village of Kokhnegishlag of the Agstafa district and the village of Garalar of the Tovuz district were subjected to intensive shelling from the large-caliber weapons by the Armenian armed forces, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said in a message July 30.
Civilian facilities, sowing plots and proprietorship of the population have been damaged.
Serviceman of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan Akberli Huseyn Zakir oglu was killed during suppressing enemy fire.
The leadership of the Ministry of Defense expresses deep condolences to the families and relatives of the shehid (martyr).
Currently, our troops fully control the operational situation along the entire length of the front line.
The Ministry of Defense once again declares that our troops will take more severe retaliatory measures against this provocation of the enemy.
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.