Armenian shell destroys house in East Azerbaijan

Armenian shell destroys house in East Azerbaijan

A house in the Iranian province of East Azerbaijan was destroyed by a mortar shell fired by the Armenian side, the deputy governor-general of the province Saeid Shabestari-Khiabani said.

He noted that Iranian experts found out that the mortar shell was fired by Armenian troops. No injuries have been reported.

Khiabani added that the Iranian Foreign Ministry will discuss the issue with Yerevan, ISNA reports.

Recall, on the night of April 2 all frontier positions of Azerbaijan were exposed to heavy fire from large-caliber weapons, mortars, grenade launchers and guns. In addition, Azerbaijani settlements near the front line, densely populated by civilians, were shelled.

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% 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 US – are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.