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Civilians on the Front Line

Azeris living close to the fighting mull costs of war.
By IWPR
  • The house of Kifayet Mammadova, destroyed by shelling. (Photo: Famil Mahmudbeyli)
    The house of Kifayet Mammadova, destroyed by shelling. (Photo: Famil Mahmudbeyli)
  • Kifayat Mammadova holds piece of shell which fell on her house in the village of Azad Qaraqoyunlu. (Photo: Famil Mahmudbeyli)
    Kifayat Mammadova holds piece of shell which fell on her house in the village of Azad Qaraqoyunlu. (Photo: Famil Mahmudbeyli)
  • Broken windows in Azad Qaraqoyunlu village. (Photo: Famil Mahmudbeyli)
    Broken windows in Azad Qaraqoyunlu village. (Photo: Famil Mahmudbeyli)
  • Inside a house in Azad Qaraqoyunlu. (Photo: Famil Mahmudbeyli)
    Inside a house in Azad Qaraqoyunlu. (Photo: Famil Mahmudbeyli)
  • Destroyed houses in the centre of Tartar city, more than five kilometres from the front line. (Photo: Famil Mahmudbeyli)
    Destroyed houses in the centre of Tartar city, more than five kilometres from the front line. (Photo: Famil Mahmudbeyli)
  • Sanan Valizade, 13, was wounded when shells hit the village of Seyidimli, located 300 metres from a military position. (Photo: Famil Mahmudbeyli)
    Sanan Valizade, 13, was wounded when shells hit the village of Seyidimli, located 300 metres from a military position. (Photo: Famil Mahmudbeyli)
  • A house in the village of Duyerli. Two women were wounded in shelling. (Photo: Famil Mahmudbeyli)
    A house in the village of Duyerli. Two women were wounded in shelling. (Photo: Famil Mahmudbeyli)
  • Afet Jamilova, an internally displaced person from Kalbajar, was resettled in Sarijali. She is preparing food for her chickens, adamant not move her family again. (Photo: Famil Mahmudbeyli)
    Afet Jamilova, an internally displaced person from Kalbajar, was resettled in Sarijali. She is preparing food for her chickens, adamant not move her family again. (Photo: Famil Mahmudbeyli)
  • Azad Garagoyunlu in the Terter region was one of the frontline villages most affected by the latest violence. (Photo: Famil Mahmudbeyli)
    Azad Garagoyunlu in the Terter region was one of the frontline villages most affected by the latest violence. (Photo: Famil Mahmudbeyli)
  • Azad Garagoyunlu nineteenth century mosque escaped the shelling unscathed. (Photo: Famil Mahmudbeyli)
    Azad Garagoyunlu nineteenth century mosque escaped the shelling unscathed. (Photo: Famil Mahmudbeyli)

Azerbaijani and Armenian-backed forces have agreed a fragile ceasefire after the worst fighting in decades in the border regions of Nagorny Karabakh.

Civilians from both sides have been killed and injured, and buildings in villages close to the fighting have been damaged.

As the guns fell silent, Azeri citizens in settlements near the frontline were counting the cost of the spike in violence.

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