Azerbaijan’s Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) Sabina Aliyeva visited civilian targets, which were shelled from artillery by Armenian armed forces, the Ombudsman’s Office said.

Aliyeva visited the shelled civilian targets in order to get familiarized on the spot with the facts of gross violation of international law as a result of the provocative actions of Armenia.

As a result of the shelling by the Armenian armed forces, five members of one family, including Elbrus Gurbanov, born in 1951, his wife Shafayat Gurbanova (1956), their daughter-in-law Afag Amirova (1981), as well as their granddaughter Fidan Gurbanova (2006) and their grandson Shahriyar Gurbanov (2007) were killed in the village of Gashalti, Naftalan district, which is remote from the front-line zone.

The ombudsman visited the place where the civilians were killed, examined the house destroyed by an artillery shell, personally got familiarized with the situation, and met with the civilian population. As a result of intensive shelling of densely populated areas and civilian objects by the Armenian armed forces, civilians and military personnel were killed and injured, and many houses and civilian objects were seriously damaged.

According to the ombudsman’s office, another deliberate attack by Armenia on the civilian population is a gross violation of international law, including international humanitarian law and the relevant provisions of the Geneva Conventions.

The Armenian armed forces committed a large-scale provocation, subjecting the positions of the Azerbaijani army to intensive shelling from large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery installations of various calibers in the front-line zone on Sept. 27 at 06:00 (GMT+4).

The command of the Azerbaijani Army decided to launch a counter-offensive operation of Azerbaijani troops along the entire front to suppress the combat activity of the Armenian armed forces and ensure the safety of the civilian population.

Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov said Sept. 27, 2020, that Ashaghi Abdulrahmanli, Garakhanbeyli, Garvend, Kend Horadiz, Yukhari Abdulrahmanli villages of Fizuli district, Boyuk Marjanli and Nuzgar villages of Jabrayil district were liberated.

Moreover, the positions of the Armenian armed forces were destroyed in the direction of the Agdere district and Murovdag, important heights were taken under control.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts.