Alxanlı (also, Alıxanlı, Alikhanly, Alkhanly, Ashaga Alkhanly, Orta Alkhanly, and Yukhari-Alkhanly) is a village and municipality in the Fuzuli District of Azerbaijan. It has a population of 2,139. Alxanlı was located close to the Nagorno-Karabakh Line of Contact prior to the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war.

Alxanlı
Municipality
Alxanlı is located in Azerbaijan
Alxanlı
Alxanlı
Coordinates: 39°36′00″N 47°23′12″E / 39.60000°N 47.38667°E / 39.60000; 47.38667Coordinates: 39°36′00″N 47°23′12″E / 39.60000°N 47.38667°E / 39.60000; 47.38667
Country Azerbaijan
DistrictFuzuli
Elevation
228 m (748 ft)
Population
 • Total2,139
Time zoneUTC+4 (AZT)

HistoryEdit

First Nagorno-Karabakh WarEdit

In August 1993, during the First Nagorno Karabakh War, it was itself occupied by the Armenians and razed, while its residents fled. In January 1994, Azerbaijan managed to recapture the village. The houses were gradually rebuilt, and 582 families of the pre-war population of 712 families managed to return.[1]

2017 shellingEdit

On 4 July 2017, the village came under media attention after a 51-year-old Azerbaijani woman and her 18-month-old granddaughter were killed while their house was shelled by the Armenians.[2] Another woman, 52, who was in the house at the time, was heavily wounded but survived.[3][4] Both sides accused each other of violating the ceasefire.[5] Armenian Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan did not deny that the shelling of Alxanlı had taken place but added that Azerbaijan was responsible for all casualties due to "continuing military provocations against Nagorno-Karabakh".[6] Local authorities of the unrecognised Nagorno-Karabakh Republic claimed "Azerbaijan was using its population as a human shield".[7] Azerbaijani Defense Ministry spokesperson Vagif Dargahly refuted these claims saying there had been no military headquarters or firing positions in Alxanlı at the time of the shelling.[8] On 6 July 2017, Azerbaijani state and local authorities organized a visit of foreign military attachés accredited to Azerbaijan and representatives of foreign media to Alxanlı.[9] Turkish Foreign Ministry,[10] ambassador of Iran to Azerbaijan,[11] senators and parliament members from the United Kingdom,[12] France,[13] Germany,[14] and Russia[15] condemned the Armenian side for launching attacks on civilian population.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Alxanlı bərpa olunur[permanent dead link]. Hafta Ichi. 22 November 2008.
  2. ^ Nana Khoshtaria. Писатель Александр Проханов: В связи с гибелью ребенка в Азербайджане я наполнен скорбью.... Moskva-Baku. 5 July 2017.
  3. ^ Azerbaijan toddler killed in Nagorno-Karabakh shelling. BBC News. 5 July 2017.
  4. ^ Врачи о состоянии здоровья раненой армянами женщины. Haqqin.az. 5 July 2017.
  5. ^ Azeri woman and child killed by rebels near Nagorno-Karabakh boundary - defence ministry Archived 2017-07-05 at the Wayback Machine. Euronews. 5 July 2017.
  6. ^ Armenia Deputy FM: Azerbaijani leadership bears full responsibility for all casualties. News.am. 5 July 2017.
  7. ^ Azerbaijan Using Civilians as ‘Human Shields,’ Warns Stepanakert. Asbarez. 5 July 2017.
  8. ^ Vagif Dargahli: Armenia, as always, shells civilians, there is no headquarters or firing positions in Alkhanli Archived 2017-07-05 at the Wayback Machine. Azerbaijan Press Agency. 5 July 2017.
  9. ^ Foreign media reps view Armenia-shelled Azerbaijani village. Trend. 6 July 2017.
  10. ^ Турция осудила убийство мирных граждан Азербайджана. Haqqin.az. 5 July 2017.
  11. ^ Посол Ирана осудил убийства мирных граждан Азербайджана. Haqqin.az. 5 July 2017.
  12. ^ Британский депутат осудил преступление армян. Haqqin.az. 5 July 2017.
  13. ^ Французский сенатор: «Сколько еще должно погибнуть азербайджанцев?». Haqqin.az. 5 July 2017.
  14. ^ Немецкий депутат: «Армения должна вывести войска из Карабаха». Haqqin.az. 5 July 2017.
  15. ^ Российский депутат об убийстве в Карабахе азербайджанской девочки. Haqqin.az. 5 July 2017.