The Azerbaijani army has liberated six more villages in three regions from Armenia’s occupation, Azerbaijan’s president announced Thursday.
“Azerbaijan’s glorious Army has liberated Arish village of Fuzuli district, Doshulu village of Jabrayil district, and Edishe, Dudukchi, Edilli and Chiraguz of Khojavend district,” Aliyev said on Twitter.
“Long live Azerbaijan’s Army! Karabakh is Azerbaijan!” he added.
Upper Karabakh conflict
The recent clashes erupted between the two countries on Sept. 27, and since then Armenia has continued attacks on civilians and Azerbaijani forces.
Azerbaijan’s Prosecutor General’s Office said on Thursday that at least 43 civilians had been killed and 218 injured due to the fresh Armenian attacks.
Armenia’s attacks have also rendered 1,592 houses, 79 apartments and 290 public buildings unusable.
Relations between the two former Soviet republics have been tense since 1991, when the Armenian military occupied Upper Karabakh, or Nagorno-Karabakh, an internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan.
The OSCE Minsk Group – co-chaired by France, Russia, and the US – was formed in 1992 to find a peaceful solution to the conflict, but to no avail. A cease-fire, however, was agreed to in 1994. Multiple UN resolutions, as well as international organizations, demand the withdrawal of the occupying forces.
Many world powers, including Russia, France, and the US, have urged a new cease-fire. Turkey, meanwhile, has supported Baku’s right to self-defense and demanded the withdrawal of Armenia’s occupying forces.
Some 20% of Azerbaijan’s territory has remained under illegal Armenian occupation for nearly three decades.