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Armenian aggression

The Armenian aggression and groundless territorial claims to Azerbaijan are not limited to Karabakh. Since the beginning of the Karabakh conflict, well-trained and armed Armenians have began to attack the border villages of Gazakh district. They were lobbing shells into the villages, stole cattle, took hostages and killed people. Another tragedy occurred on March 4, 1990 when Armenians attacked the village of Baganis Ayrum. As a result of attack seven civilians were burned alive, 2 people injured and 13 houses blown up. Soviet power was inactive at that time and Azerbaijan was not able to protect its borders yet.

The Baganis Ayrum village had a strategic importance, since it is located next to a highway Ijevan-Noyabrean. Therefore, the Armenians had prepared a special plan to capture of the village. On the night of 23 to 24 March 1990 the village was attacked and occupied by Armenian invaders. Thus, Baganis Ayrum became the first village, occupied by Armenia on the territory of Azerbaijan. During the capture of the village 10 civilians were killed, 15 people were wounded, and the remaining residents left their homes and were forced to flee. The village of 100 houses and a population of 600 people has been completely looted by Armenians, including all the property of the residents and livestock.

In a subsequent neighbouring villages were also attacked and occupied by Armenians. In those days, all residents of the Gazakh district have been mobilized to defend their native lands. Newly created self-defence units fight hard to hold back the attacks of well-trained and armed Armenians. 263 people were killed, hundreds were wounded but the onslaught was contained. Despite all the hardships, many residents of the border villages of Gazakh were not left their land.

Currently, the village of Baganis Ayrim (occupied 24.03.1990), Heyrimli (8.3.1992), Barkhudarli (27.4.1992), Sofulu (27.4.1992), Yukhary Askipara (8.6.1992), Gizil Hajili (11.6.1992), Ashagi Askipara (14.6.1992)are still under Armenian occupation. More than 7,000 residents of these villages have become refugees and temporary settled in various locations of the Gazakh district.

The aggression of Armenia continues to these days. Armenians shoot the border villages of Gazakh. On the occupied territories they ruthlessly destroy the architectural monuments and Azerbaijani cemeteries, natural wealth and fauna, cut down valuable trees. As a result of deforestation the process of land erosion happen. The rivers that feed the Agstafa water reservoir, pollute with toxic industrial waste.

The damage Armenians inflicted to Gazakh district is huge, but Gazakh survived and now dynamically develop. Now it is obvious for everyone that Azerbaijan will restore its territorial integrity and completely return all occupied lands. The Armenian aggressors will have to answer for all their misdeeds.