Armenian shelling: Hundreds of houses damaged in Azerbaijan’s Terter, Aghjabadi districts

Baku. Hafiz Heydarov – APA. Starting from April 27 evening until 04:00 (GMT + 4 hours), Armenian armed forces shelled settlements in Azerbaijan’s Terter district along the line of contact between the two countries’ troops, Mustaqim Mammadov, head of the Terter district executive authority, told APA.

As many as 58 houses, 2 school buildings, one shop and one cotton receiver facility were damaged as a result of the shelling, Mammadov said. 


He added that the shelling caused two power transmitting substations to explode, which cut off electricity supply to 20 villages.


“Efforts are being made to restore electricity supply in those villages. No civilian has been killed or wounded,” Mammadov said. 


According to him, the Armenian shelling of residential areas, which began on 2 April 2016, a total of 256 houses have been damaged. 


Elsewhere, the Armenian strikes on populated areas have caused significant damage to houses in Aghjabadi district too. 


Head of the Aghjabadi district executive authority, Shahin Mammadov told APA that up to 25 houses were damaged as a result of the enemy’s strikes. 


“One house in the Garakhanli village has burned down completely. The roofs of many houses have been hit by the shells and the windows smashed. Fortunately, no causalities were reported,” he said.


The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.


A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.


The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.


Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.


Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.  


Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.  




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