- The influx of volunteers is observed even against the background of the statement of the agency that Baku is not going to announce mobilization in the country.
- President Ilham Aliyev has said that opposition forces are behind these events, calling on people to "engage in illegal activities."
- A shell reportedly fell on Dondar Gushchu territory and Vahidli villages of Tovuz region.
Amid renewed clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan, about 38,000 Azerbaijani citizens have expressed their desire to join the Azerbaijani armed forces voluntarily. This was announced on Sunday, in the state service for mobilization and conscription, and reported by local media.
Yesterday, representatives of the department announced another figure. As of Saturday, more than 23,500 people have expressed their desire to serve in the Azerbaijani army voluntarily. The influx of volunteers is observed even against the background of the statement of the agency that Baku is not going to announce mobilization in the country.
Clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia
The influx of volunteers was caused by armed clashes on the Azerbaijani-Armenian border, which began on July 12. They took place in areas near Georgia, far from the Nagorno-Karabakh region, where the situation has remained calm.
As a result, the confrontation at the border claimed the lives of at least 15 people. There have been no open confrontations between the two countries’ armed forces in recent days, but the situation remains tense. Both sides blamed each other for the fire.
Aliyev Accuses the Opposition of Destabilizing
The issue of mobilization also plays an important role in the domestic policy of Azerbaijan. On July 15, rallies calling for mobilization took place in a number of districts of Baku due to the aggravation of the situation on the border with Armenia.
A group of demonstrators even tried to enter the parliament building, but security and police pushed the protesters away. At the same time, many of them were detained, and now a criminal investigation has been launched against them.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has said that opposition forces are behind these events, calling on people to “engage in illegal activities.” He said that during the escalation of the confrontation with Armenia, “it is not the time” to hold rallies, and the destabilization of the situation in the country could lead to further territorial losses.
Remains of Artillery Shells Fired by Armenians
On July 18, six signals (operational call) were received from the ″102″ Service Call Center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and one from the Crisis Management Center of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, saying a shell fell on Dondar Gushchu territory and Vahidli villages of Tovuz region.
According to the National Agency for Mine Action of the Republic of Azerbaijan (ANAMA), a special mobile task force and employees of the Tovuz Police Department of the Interior Ministry were immediately sent to the area. Specialists of the agency and employees of the Tovuz District Police Department inspected three houses and yards, and two fields in the above-mentioned villages.
The area was cordoned off by police to ensure security. As a result of urgent search operations, the remains of exploded artillery shells found by the Armenian armed forces and were removed and transported to the central destruction area of the agency.
A total of 745 square meters of surface and 59 square meters of underground were inspected around the exploded shells, and no additional dangerous objects and devices were found.