2 civilians killed in Armenian shelling of Azerbaijan’s village | Pakistan News Digest

2 civilians killed in Armenian shelling of Azerbaijan’s village

By on July 6, 2017 | Short URL

Baku (IINA) � An elderly woman and her two-year-old granddaughter were killed and another civilian wounded on Wednesday after the Armenian armed forces shelled the Alkhanli village in Azerbaijan's Fizuli region.

"The provocations of armed forces of Armenia, killing of elderly woman and her 2 years old granddaughter and wounding of another civilian and damaging of civilian objects is nothing else than the act of vandalism and once again proves the terrorist nature of the state of Armenia," Hikmat Hajiyev, spokesperson for Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry, said in a statement.

"Armenia has been conducting systematic, deliberate and targeted attacks on civilian population encompassing inter alia women, children and elderly residing in the densely populated areas adjacent to the frontline," said the statement.

"Armenia's direct and deliberate attacks against the Azerbaijani civilian population and civilian objects, constitute a serious violation of international humanitarian and human rights law, in particular the 1949 Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocol I thereto, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms," it added.

"Azerbaijan has repeatedly brought to the attention of the international community that the primary reason for the tension and incidents in the frontline and major impediment to the resolution of the conflict is the unlawful presence of the armed forces of Armenia in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan," read the statement.

The Ministry of Defense declared that "the military-political leadership of Armenia bears full responsibility for this bloody provocation", Azerbaijan state news agency AZERTAC reported.

Since 1992, about 20 percent of the Azerbaijani territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as other five western provinces and large parts of Agdam and Fizuli provinces have been under Armenian occupation. This has resulted in the killing of 30,000 people and the displacement of about one million Azerbaijanis from their land.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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