Two Azerbaijani soldiers were wounded by Armenian shelling in the Kalbajar section of the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border, Azerbaijan’s military said early Wednesday.
“On July 28, starting from about 00:50, the Armenian armed forces units from the combat positions located in various directions in the territory of the Basarkechar region using small arms and grenade launchers have once again subjected to fire the positions of the Azerbaijan Army in the territory of the Kalbajar region,” the military said in a statement.
Due to the shelling, servicemen Aliyev Sadig Nizami and Imranli Imran Dilgam were wounded, the statement said. “The servicemen were provided with urgent medical assistance. There is no danger to their lives.”
“We reaffirm that Armenia bears full responsibility for the escalation of tensions along the state border between the two countries,” the statement added.
Relations between the former Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan have been tense since 1991, when the Armenian military occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Upper Karabakh, a territory internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, and seven adjacent regions
New clashes erupted last September and ended with a Russia-brokered cease-fire.
During a subsequent 44-day conflict which ended under a deal signed on Nov. 10, Azerbaijan liberated several cities and nearly 300 settlements and villages from Armenia’s nearly three-decade occupation.