The Azerbaijani military has taken the next step to demonstrate that our country does not wage war against the civilian population and treat civilians under international humanitarian law, Report informs.
Armenians living in the Gulabli village of Aghdam appealed to the Azerbaijani military to remove their belongings.
Azerbaijani service members helped Armenians who have not yet left the village.
Thus, unlike the enemy, the highly professional Azerbaijani servicemen have once again confirmed their humanism and humanity.
The Azerbaijani Army has never mistreated the civilian population but provided assistance.
The Armenians residing in Gulabli village of Aghdam district asked the Azerbaijani servicemen for help to remove their belongings ahead of the transfer of the district to Azerbaijan.
The Azerbaijani servicemen rendered their assistance to the Armenian family.
This step is another manifestation of the humanism of Azerbaijani servicemen. Azerbaijani military officers and soldiers have always demonstrated high professionalism and humanity, both in combat and non-combat conditions. Azerbaijani servicemen have never mistreated the civilian population.
On November 23, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva visited the Juma Mosque in the Agdam city liberated from the Armenian occupation.
A detailed report on the visit will be issued on November 24.
On November 10, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia signed an agreement to end six weeks of fierce fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh. According to the agreement, on November 20, the Aghdam region was handed over to Azerbaijan.
The German military has attacked a Turkish ship sailing in the eastern Mediterranean, Report says, referring to Haber7.
In violation of international law, the German military detained the Turkish-branded ship for hours in the eastern Mediterranean.
The Turkish-flagged ship ROSELINA-A2 carrying humanitarian aid materials left Istanbul for Libya. On the night of November 22, the ship, led by the Greek Navy commander, was stopped by a German boat in the Peloponnese during Operation Irin, in violation of international law.
According to the law of maritime transport, a service member of another state may not board a ship and inspect it without the flag-bearing government’s permission.
The ship was carrying humanitarian aid, including food such as biscuits and paint.
Given the recent increase in new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our country and the favorable weather conditions for the spread of infectious and respiratory diseases, the Ministry of Emergency Situations calls on the population to comply with the requirements of the special quarantine regime applied in the country and to follow the appropriate safety rules to protect against the virus.
Thus, for the health and safety of yourself and your loved ones, it is enough to follow three very simple rules:
Use a medical mask in all indoor and outdoor spaces;
Keep a minimum social distance of two meters with other people;
Wash your hands often with soap or disinfect with an alcohol solution.
If you and your loved ones experience symptoms of a coronavirus infection (fever, sore, and pain in your throat, dry cough, shortness of breath), contact an ambulance immediately. Remember:
Rules indifference – is a threat to our lives!
Euronews TV channel prepared a reportage from the liberated city of Fuzuli.
According to Report, it was published under the title “Azerbaijani ghost town in ruins.”
The plot also includes an interview with Hikmat Hajiyev, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan – Head of the Foreign Policy Department of the Presidential Administration.
“Fuzuli has become a rubble as a result of Armenia’s three-decades-long barbaric occupation,” Hikmet Hajiyev said in an interview.
Euronews TV channel broadcasted a report from liberated Azerbaijan’s Fuzuli region from Armenian occupation.
The once densely populated and prosperous city of Fuzuli, part of a large area around Nagorno-Karabakh was plundered and destroyed 27 years ago. Now it looks like the scenery for an apocalyptic film.
As noted in the video, when Azerbaijani soldiers liberated Fuzuli city, they could not find a single whole building to hoist Azerbaijani flag:It had to be content with the facade of the destroyed house.
Arzu Shafieva, a refugee from Fuzuli: “Almost 30 years ago, when we fled from our house, it was completely different. We did not take anything with us, we left everything. They locked the house because they thought we’d be back. I believe that with God’s help, we will still return, take a photo of the new house that we will build, and feel the difference”.
Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of the Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev said that this is an act of vandalism committed by Armenia against Azerbaijan, in particular, with regard to Fuzuli.
“Before the occupation, 100,000 people lived in the city, it flourished, but everything was razed to the ground. Azerbaijan will restore what was destroyed by the Armenians, bring life back to Fuzuli, and it will again become a prosperous Azerbaijani city”.
Azerbaijani citizens visited Martyrs’ Alley to celebrate liberation of Aghdam region after 27 years.
On the occasion of the historic victory, representatives of the Aghdam Region Executive Power, public figures, hundreds of IDPs from Aghdam visited Martyrs’ Alley, prayed for the souls of our compatriots who died for the Motherland and thanked President Ilham Aliyev and the Azerbaijani Army.
Then the National Anthem of Azerbaijan was played and the memory of our martyrs was honored.
For the first time in 27 years, azan was performed in Aghdam, liberated from the Armenian occupation.
A group of Azerbaijani religious figures visited the Juma Mosque in the center of Agdam on November 20, Report reports.
Believers prayed in the mosque.
According to the trilateral statement signed by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, and the President of the Russian Federation, units of the Azerbaijani Army entered the Aghdam region on November 20.
Since yesterday the liberation of the Aghdam region has been celebrated with great enthusiasm by residents.
Report’s employees sent to the frontline filmed the joy of the people.
At present, the residents of Agdam gather near the liberated territories of the region with Turkish and Azerbaijani flags and celebrate this day.
Agdam is located in the valley of rivers Kura and Araz, at the Karabakh plateau close to mountains of Lesser Caucasus at the altitude of 410-1365 meters above sea level. Relief here is mostly flat with no high mountains. Rivers Khachin and Gardag flow through the territory of the district. More than 1700 hectares are occupied by forests. In the district limestone, gravel and sand are extracted.
First-time Agdam was mentioned in historical documents in 1357. There is a stone plate preserved at the ancient cemetery dated 1174 that informs that here was an ancient fortress located. This information is confirmed by the ancient stone quarry in Shakhbulag settlement near Agdam where limestone was extracted. Exactly this stone was used for the construction of the fortress called Agdam (white roof).
The Armenians invaded most of Aghdam’s territory on July 23, 1993. The Armenian aggressors seized 882 sq. km. of the 1,094 sq. km. the territory of Aghdam, including one city and 80 villages. Some 128,000 people became internally displaced persons and 17,000 of them are adults.
The occupation of Aghdam was the third painful loss for Azerbaijan after the invasion of Lachin and Kalbajar around Nagorno-Karabakh. As a result of the Armenian armed forces’ attack on Aghdam, the town was razed to the ground.
The Armenians destroyed historical monuments, cemeteries, hospitals, libraries, schools, offices and facilities in the occupied territory. 122 villages, around 24,000 residential buildings, 48 industrial and construction enterprises, 160 schools, 65 health centers, 373 cultural centers, 1 theater, 3 mosques and 2 museums were burnt down and completely destroyed.
Most of the historical monuments were destroyed following the Armenian occupation. These include the Khanoglu tomb (17th century), the mansion of Karabakh Khan Panahali (18th century) and his tomb (19th century), and the twin-minaret Aghdam Juma mosque (1870).
As a result of the occupation of Aghdam, Azerbaijan faced material damage worth a staggering $6.179 billion. The damage inflicted to the region’s agriculture alone is estimated at 992.8 million manats ($1.272 billion). Over 6,000 people died during the fighting in Aghdam.
About 130,000 displaced persons from Aghdam are settled in 875 settlements of 59 regions across Azerbaijan.
Armenia infringes upon the Hague Convention clause on the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict, and the provision on “illicit traffic of cultural property” of the Paris Convention, and continues to plunder Azerbaijani cultural property.
The Armenian invaders also depleted the natural resources of the region after the occupation, according to the facts revealed by a center of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan.
According to the ministry, the eastern sycamore trees aged up to 400 years and other tree species were destroyed in the occupied territories and currently are about to be effaced from the world flora treasure. Arsons committed in the occupied villages of Aghdam by Armenian soldiers resulted in the perishing of various partridges, pheasants and vipers, which are included in the “Red Book” and the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Red List of Threatened Species.
While the Armenians ravage the natural resources of the occupied Azerbaijani lands, the people of these regions have to live the life of refugees and IDPs. Though they have always enjoyed the Azerbaijani government’s care, they long to return to their native lands and see the enemy punished for the injustice that has caused their suffering.
The ongoing illegal occupation of Aghdam and other territories of Azerbaijan, as well as the plight of the Azerbaijani civilians expelled from their native lands, serve as yet another reminder for the international community to vigorously push for justice, which can only be restored once the occupation ends and the displaced people are allowed to return to their homes.
Armenia occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions, after laying territorial claims against its South Caucasus neighbour that had caused a lengthy war in the early 1990s. The UN Security Council has adopted four resolutions on Armenian withdrawal, but they have not been enforced to this day.
“Now, a new era is beginning for Agdam. We have great plans.”
Report informs, President of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev said in his address to the nation on the occasion of the liberation of Aghdam region from occupation.
The head of state noted that everything was destroyed in the occupied territories: “The media covered my visits to Fuzuli and Jabrayil, and everyone, the whole world, saw what a savage enemy we were facing. There are no safe buildings in Jabrayil or Fizuli, except for some military units. The enemy has destroyed all other infrastructures, buildings, houses, historical, religious monuments. “
“I addressed the Azerbaijani people at those ruins and said that we would restore these lands, these cities, villages. Armenians believed that the Azerbaijani people would never return to these lands after these devastations. They are wrong. They do not know that the native lands live and will live forever in the Azerbaijani people’s hearts. All our refugees have lived with the desire to return to their native lands and build a new life for themselves with the support and assistance of the state,” President Ilham Aliyev stressed.
The Operational Headquarters under Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers is holding a briefing for the local media representatives on Nov.19.
The briefing is attended by Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of the Foreign Policy Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev, and Head of the Disease Control and Prevention Department of the Association for Management of Medical Territorial Units (TABIB) Yagut Garayeva.
Armenians, who settled illegally in Agdam, set fire to shops and houses as they left, Report says, citing Sputnik Armenia.
Armen, a resident of the village, told the agency that he would burn down his grocery store and then the house.
“They gave a deadline for the handover of Aghdam until tomorrow (November 19 – ed.). We cannot take all of our belongings. So now the best way to burn them. I will not leave anything for the Turks.”
He noted that he settled in Boyahmedli village ten years ago.
Notably, when Armenians leave Kalbajar, they burn down houses and damage the environment.
The Armenians continue to commit environmental terror in Aghdam ahead of the transfer of the district to Azerbaijan.
The Armenians, as in Kalbajar district, are taking away what they can carry before handing over Aghdam, setting fire to houses, stores and destroying forests.