3 սեպտեմբեր, 2015 00:48

Armenian Border Villages Come Under Attack

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A number of border villages in the Tavush marz have come under heavy Azerbaijani attack this evening. According to Armenia's Defense Ministry Spokesperson Artsrun Hovhannisyan the situation along the Armenia-Azerbaijan state border is tense as heavy shelling continues.

In a statement to Armenpress, Hovhannisyan said, "I can say that gunfire is continuing in the direction of border villages in Tavush mars. The adversary is using heavy artillery and I would categorize the situation as very serious, tense. Armenia's military forces are responding to the adversary's gunfire."

Hovhannisyan added that currently there are no reports of injuries or casualties.

According to other media outlets, however, there have been reports of injuries from the village of Koti. CivilNet has not been able to substantiate this information.

The situation along the state border has been tense over the past several days.

On August 31st at around midnight and then in the early morning hours of September 1, Azerbaijani forces opened fire on the border villages of Baghanis and Voskevan, forcing the festive first day of school to be cut short.

The mayor of Baghanis, Narek Sahakyan told CivilNet that although the night passed in relative calm, at around 10-11:00 a.m. on September 1, Azerbaijani forces began firing in the direction of the village just as festivities for the first day of school were underway.

The children were given their homework and quickly dismissed, according to Sahakyan. Later in the afternoon, gunfire erupted yet again.

“Luckily, there is only financial damage and there are no injuries or casualties,” the mayor said. “The important thing is that we trust our army and the army is standing solid in its place.” He went on to say that there is now “relative peace.”

Residents living in border villages in Tavush marz have become accustomed to periodic gunfire aimed at their direction from a number of Azerbaijani military posts, some of which are a few hundred meters away from their homes.