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Situation on Armenian-Azerbaijani Border Remains Relatively Calm - Armenian Defense Ministry

Situation on Armenian-Azerbaijani Border Remains Relatively Calm - Armenian Defense Ministry

YEREVAN - The situation on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan remains relatively quiet, Armenian Defense Ministry spokesperson Shushan Stepanyan said on Monday morning.
"A relative lull was in place on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border on July 19 and overnight into July 20. The adversary breached the truce on nine occasions, firing small arms some 137 times," Stepanyan wrote on her Facebook page.
The Azerbaijani Armed Forces fired a mortar in the direction of the Chambaraka positions of Armenia's Armed Forces, she said. No fatalities or injuries among Armenian military personnel have been reported.
The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, in turn, said on Monday morning that the Armenian Armed Forces have committed 40 truce violations in the past 24 hours.
"Units of Armenia's Armed Forces have violated the truce at different sections of the frontline 40 times over the past 24 hours, using large-caliber machineguns and sniper rifles," it said.
Attacks were mounted from positions in the village of Chinari in the Berdsky district and unmarked heights in the Chambaraka district of Armenia targeting Azerbaijani positions in the villages of Kohanebi and Asrik Jyrdahan in the Tovuz district and the village of Zamanli and unmarked heights in the Gadabay district, the ministry said.
"Positions of the Azerbaijani army were also attacked from positions located in the vicinity of the occupied villages of Geyarh in the Terter district, Yusifjanli and Merzili in the Agdam district, Kuropatkino in the Hojavend district, Ashagi Veyselli, Garahanbeyli, Ashagi Seyidahmedli, Gorhan, Kyurdlyar, and Horadiz in the Fizuli district, Nyuzgyar in the Jabrayil district, as well as positions situated at unmarked heights in the Terter, Agdam, Hojavend, and Fizuli districts," the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said.
Armed clashes broke out on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border on July 12, and the fighting has continued until July 15 in the neighboring Tovuz district of Azerbaijan and Tavush district of Armenia, which also border Georgia and are located hundreds of kilometers away from the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, where the situation remained calm.
A lull was observed on July 15. However, the following morning Armenia's Defense Ministry reported Azerbaijan's attempt to stage an act of sabotage and also artillery attacks on Armenian villages on the border with Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, in turn, dismissed Armenia's statements as false information, also reporting new attacks targeting Azerbaijani villages on the border with Armenia.
Though the situation has stabilized in the past few days, it still remains tense. (Interfax)