New civilian casualties reported from shelling of Tartar city by Armenian armed forces
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Sept.30
Armenian military units again subjected the Azerbaijani city of Tartar to massive artillery shelling on Sept.30 at nearly 08:00 (GTM+4) in the morning, as a result of which a projectile exploded near the administrative buildings of state structures, and seven civilians received injuries of varying degrees, Trend reports citing the Prosecutor General's Office of Azerbaijan.
According to the office, the injured civilians were hospitalized, and also, significant damage was caused to civilian infrastructure facilities.
"The military-political leadership of aggressive Armenia continues terrorist actions against the civilian population, grossly violating the norms and principles of international law," the office noted.
The Armenian armed forces continue massive artillery shelling of Azerbaijani settlements, including district and rural centers, civil infrastructure objects - residential buildings, hospitals, medical centers, schools, kindergartens, administrative buildings of state institutions, and household areas.
Presently, the employees of the Azerbaijani General Prosecutor's Office are carrying out all possible investigative actions in combat conditions, as well as arrange the appropriate expertise to determine the severity of injuries of local residents and the amount of damage caused to the civilian infrastructure.
The Armenian armed forces committed a large-scale provocation, subjecting the positions of the Azerbaijani army to intensive shelling from large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery installations of various calibers in the front-line zone on Sept. 27 at 06:00 (GMT+4).
The command of the Azerbaijani Army decided to launch a counter-offensive operation of Azerbaijani troops along the entire front to suppress the combat activity of the Armenian armed forces and ensure the safety of the civilian population.
Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov said Sept. 27, 2020, that Ashaghi Abdulrahmanli, Garakhanbeyli, Garvend, Kend Horadiz, Yukhari Abdulrahmanli villages of Fizuli district, Boyuk Marjanli and Nuzgar villages of Jabrayil district were liberated.
Moreover, the positions of the Armenian armed forces were destroyed in the direction of the Agdere district and Murovdag, important heights were taken under control.
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, 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 the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts.