The latest footage released by the defense ministry of Azerbaijan shows the soldiers conducting artillery firing at night and during the day time as part of combat operations against Armenian attacks.
“During the day on October 20 and on the night of October 21, the combat operations in the direction of Aghdere, Fizuli-Jabrayil, and Gubadli directions of the front continued with varying intensity. The enemy fired at our defensive positions using small arms, mortars, and howitzers,” the ministry said.
“As a result of the operations carried out by the Azerbaijani Army, the defending units of the 18th motorized rifle division of the Armenian armed forces in the Jabrayil and Gubadli directions of the front were forced to withdraw, losing personnel and military vehicles,” it said.
Azerbaijani forces have also seized “a large number of weapons and ammunition.” The troops have control “along the entire front,” according to the ministry.
New border clashes erupted between the two ex-Soviet republics on Sept. 27, when Armenia first launched attacks on civilian settlements. Yerevan has since continued attacks on civilians and Azerbaijani forces.
Counter-offensive operations of #Azerbaijan against #Armenian #attacks are carried out within internationally recognized #territories of #Azerbaijanhttps://t.co/7Odg3cd4gW pic.twitter.com/g7OWeVGSYD— Azerbaijan Embassy Pakistan (@AzEmbPak) October 9, 2020
Over the last 10 days, Armenia broke humanitarian cease-fires in Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Upper Karabakh, an internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan. In two attacks on Ganja, Armenian missiles killed some two dozen civilians — including children — and injured scores of others.
Last Thursday, Armenia also targeted civilians visiting a cemetery in the western city of Tartar, killing four and injuring the same amount. A new humanitarian cease-fire entered into force on Saturday.
Four UN Security Council resolutions and two from the UN General Assembly, as well as international organizations, demand the “immediate complete and unconditional withdrawal of the occupying forces” from the occupied lands of Azerbaijan.
Anadolu with additional input by GVS News Desk