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Azerbaijani Army does not fire on non-military targets - Defense Ministry

15 October 2020 [14:34] - TODAY.AZ

By Trend

The information spread by the Armenian side that the Azerbaijani Army allegedly opened fire on the hospital, in which the civilians are also being treated, is false, Trend reports referring to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.

"We state that as opposed to the Armenian armed forces, the Azerbaijani Army does not fire on civilian infrastructure and non-military targets,” the statement said. “Our army strictly adheres to the humanitarian ceasefire regime."

Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27.

Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops liberated a number of territories previously occupied by Armenia, as well as take important, strategic heights 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.


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