Azerbaijan undergoes heavy fire from Armenian side

The ceasefire on the Armenian-Azerbaijani contact line was broken 24 times in numerous positions last night, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported on July 10.

The ceasefire was violated in Gizilhajili and Kemerli villages of Gazakh region, Kohneqishlag village of Agstafa, Kokhanbeyi village of Tovuz region, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Ashagi Veyselli, Horadiz villages of Fuzuli region, Shiklhar, Merzili villages of Aghdam region, Tap Garagoyunlu village of Goranboy region, Kuropatkino village of Khojavend region, on July 9 and on the night of July 10.

The Armenians were silenced with a retail fire, the ministry said.

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, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council’s four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.