NEW YORK and YEREVAN (Combined Sources) — During the past week, Azeri attacks have escalated. The Nagorno Karabagh Defense Army issued a statement saying that a total of nine Azerbaijani soldiers were killed in two separate attacks, by Armenian forces defending the line of contact.
Despite the losses, Azerbaijan continued the shelling, the army spokesman said, noting 110 ceasefire violations were registered on September 28-29, with more than 1600 shots fired from various caliber weapons, including 60-, 82-, and 120-mm mortars, AGS-17 grenade launchers, as well as Turkish-made TR-107 rocket launchers.
Karabagh armed forces took retaliatory measures and continue to be in control of the situation.
The artillery shelling of villages in Armenia’s Tavush province also resulted in civilian deaths, with howitzer cannons being used for the first time since the signing of a ceasefire agreement in 1994, Armenia’s First Deputy Defense Minister said.
The Armenian village of Paravakar in Tavush province was shelled by Azerbaijani armed forces on September 24. A village resident, Paytsar Aghajanyan was deadly wounded.
Other border villages were also bombarded: Sona Revazyan (born in 1974) and Shushan Asatryan (born in 1921) were killed in the border village of Berdavan.