Baku, August 29, AZERTAC
Vice-president of the Lithuanian Journalists Union, editor of alkas.lt portal Audris Antanaytis and photographer Arunas Sartanavicus have visited Tartar district on the front line. The visit was organized by the International Eurasian Press Fund. They first visited the district Executive Authority, where they were informed of the problems faced by local residents as a result of the Armenians` shelling. Head of Tartar District Executive Authority Mustaqim Mammadov said: “The Armenian armed units keep the district under constant fire.” He said that 23 residential areas were shelled by the Armenians during the April escalation of violence on the front line. “The Armenians even threw a prohibited white phosphorous bomb to residential areas. This damaged nearly 400 houses, four schools, two medical points, a kindergarten. 32 houses were completely destroyed. Nine civilians were wounded, three people were killed. 52 houses belonging to IDPs were also destroyed in the shelling, and 198 people were left homeless.”
The Lithuanian delegation then traveled to the city of Tartar, Shikharkh settlement and Hasanqaya village, where they visited the houses shelled by the Armenians, talked to local residents, and viewed work that had been done to eliminate the consequences of the April escalation of violence.