Armenia targeted a school in the Aghdam district of Azerbaijan on Tuesday, a spokesman for the Azerbaijani foreign ministry reported, referring to Yerevan’s continued harassment of civilians despite the ceasefire.
“School building in Mahrizli village of #Aghdam district of #Azerbaijan heavily shelled by armed forces of #Armenia. And it happened after FM of Armenia committed recently not to target civilians & non-military objects in #Geneva,” said Leyla Abdullayeva on her official Twitter account.
It was confirmed earlier Tuesday that Armenia had also attacked civilian settlements in Tartar, seriously damaging in the area as civilians took shelter in bunkers.
Sakit Orucov, whose home was struck by an Armenian projectile, said that while he was standing on the road, he saw several rockets.
Where will we escape? I sent my family to the neighboring town, they are all there. We come here during days, we remain in the bunkers mostly during nights, “Orucov said, emphasizing that he believes in the Azerbaijani army.” What can we do?
Armenia has continuously targeted civilians in Azerbaijan. Its military forces kept breaking three humanitarian cease-fires since Oct. 10 in the process.
Since 1991, when the Armenian military seized possession of Nagorno-Karabakh, so-called Artsakh by ethnic Armenians, an officially recognized territory of Azerbaijan, and seven neighboring regions, the relationship between the two former Soviet republics has been strained.
For 30 years, about 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven other areas, is under illegal Armenian occupation.
Global powers have called for a lasting cease-fire, including Russia, France and the United States. In the meantime, Turkey-backed Baku’s right to self-defense and insisted that the invading forces of Armenia withdraw.