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Armenian Armed Forces targeted pipelines in Azerbaijan’s Khizi district – Prosecutor General’s Office

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The Armed Forces of Armenia, violating the norms and principles of international law, the 1949 Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocols to them, as well as the demands of a humanitarian ceasefire, continue to subject the settlements and strategic objects of Azerbaijan to missile and heavy artillery strikes, Trend reports on Oct.19 citing press service of the General Prosecutor’s Office.

According to the press service, on October 18, 2020, at about 13:00 (GMT +4), the Armenian side targeted crude oil and condensate pipelines in the Khizi district of Azerbaijan, applying methods that could cause significant damages.

“The Armenian Armed Forces launched rockets in the direction of Khizi district, located more than 300 kilometers away from the combat zone, however, these missiles were neutralized by Air Defense Forces of the Azerbaijani army,” the press service said. “Some parts of the missiles fell on an area 250 m away from the strategic oil pipeline Baku-Novorossiysk, passing through the village of Sitalchay of the Khizi district.”

“By these actions, the Armenian side made attempt to intentionally destroy a large number of infrastructure facilities, creating dangerous conditions for oil pipelines of crude oil and export condensate, the destruction of which could cause significant material damage,” noted the press service.

In connection with the above facts, the necessary investigative measures and procedural actions are carried out on the ground by the employees of the prosecutor’s office.

Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27.

Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops liberated a number of territories previously occupied by Armenia, as well as take important, strategic heights under control.

The fighting continued into October 2020, in the early days of which Armenia has launched missile attacks on Azerbaijani cities of Ganja, Mingachevir, Khizi as well as Absheron district.

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, the 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.

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