Father of injured citizen: Armenian armed forces deliberately kill civilians

Father of injured citizen: Armenian armed forces deliberately kill civilians

The Armenian armed forces intensified shelling of Azerbaijan's Aghdam region, Velish Rahimov, father of wounded Zahid Rahimov, said at a meeting with foreign journalists.

'We cannot cultivate the land or take children to school, or engage in animal husbandry, because the Armenians deliberately fire on civilians. The shelling of the village were being carried out regularly, but if before the attacks were carried out with small fire arms, now the Armenians fire with artillery," Interfax-Azerbaijan cited him as saying.

"We are civilians, why are they shooting at us? I believe that the Armenian troops pursue a deliberate policy to destroy the civilian population," Rahimov stressed.

Starting from April 27th evening until 04:00 (GMT + 4 hours) on April 28th, Armenian armed forces fired at settlements in Azerbaijan's Terter and Aghdam districts using large-caliber mortars and D-30 howitzers.

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.

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