Azerbaijan’s military have raised the national flag on the historic Khudaferin Bridge connecting Iran and Nagorno-Karabah’s Jabrail district, where it took 13 villages, Azeri President Ilham Aliyev said in a series of Twitter posts.
Aliyev said Azerbaijan’s army made the advances in the breakaway enclave as he accused Armenia of violating a humanitarian ceasefire agreed at the weekend and for using heavy artillery against Azerbaijan’s residential areas and combat positions on Sunday.
“There are dead and wounded due to these heinous actions. Azerbaijan’s army retaliated befittingly and liberated several settlements,” Aliyev said.
The ceasefire went into force on Saturday after a deal brokered by Russia a week earlier failed to halt fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, which lies within Azeri territory but is majority Armenian, between Armenian separatists and Azerbaijan’s military.
The Azeri Defence Ministry said Armenian forces had shelled its positions in the Garanboy, Terter and Aghdam regions of Azerbaijan overnight Sunday. The Agjebedin region was also being shelled on Monday morning, Reuters reported.