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Armenia again strikes at Azerbaijan's districts, says president's aide

19 October 2020 [09:58] - TODAY.AZ

By Trend

On the first day of the humanitarian ceasefire, the Armenian armed forces launched a missile attack on civilians and civilian facilities of Azerbaijan at 12:00 am on Oct. 18, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan - Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department Hikmat Hajiyev wrote on his Twitter page, Trend reports.

Hajiyev noted that 229 shells were fired at 5 districts of Azerbaijan, 160 of which fired at the Tartar district, 63 - Aghdam, 6 - Goranboy, as well as 3 missile attacks were made: 1 - on the Khyzy district, 2 - on the Poladli village, Agjabadi district and 1 attack more were launched with a drone.

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 fighting continued into October 2020, in the early days of which Armenia has launched missile attacks on Azerbaijani cities of Ganja, Mingachevir, Khizi as well as Absheron district.

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, the 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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