Armenian troops wound Azerbaijani soldier

By: Sara Rajabova

The situation on the contact line of Armenian and Azerbaijani troops is getting worse day bay day.

The Armenian armed forces have dramatically intensified the ceasefire breaches on frontline in recent days.

Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry reported that an Azerbaijani soldier was wounded as a result of the ceasefire violation by the Armenian armed forces on July 29.

Twenty-two-year-old soldier Tural Mustafayev, conscript from the Agstafa region, was wounded as a result of the ceasefire violation. The soldier was hospitalized. His health state is critical.

The ministry further reported that the Armenian armed forces violated ceasefire 111 times in different directions on the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops last night.

The Azerbaijani Army’s positions were mainly subjected to shelling in the direction of Gazakh, Agstafa, Agdam, Tartar, Tovuz, Fuzuli and Jabrayil regions.

The enemy forces were silenced by the retaliatory fire.

The Armenian armed forces don’t hesitate to fire at the civilians, who live in the villages located near the frontline.

The units of Armenian armed forces shelled Alibayli village of the Tovuz region on July 25. As a result of the shelling, a teenager and an old man were wounded and taken to hospital for treatment.

Last week, the Armenian military killed a resident of Azerbaijan’s Tartar region while he was fishing in Tartar River in the Ashagi Chayli village.

Late June, five civilians were wounded as a result of Armenian armed forces’ shelling of the houses and fields in the border villages.

For over two decades, Azerbaijan and Armenia have been locked in conflict which emerged over Armenia’s territorial claims against its South Caucasus neighbor. Since a war in the early 1990s, Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions.

A fragile ceasefire has been in place since 1994, but long-standing efforts by U.S., Russian and French mediators have been largely fruitless so far.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council’s four resolutions on its pullout from the neighboring country’s territories.