The Ombudsman of the Republic of Artsakh reports that according to some facts, the Azerbaijani side has been shelling settlements from positions located near peaceful settlements with greater intensity in recent days. “The target of civilian settlements on the part of Azerbaijan is an encroachment on the rights of civilians, first of all, on the right to life. Azerbaijani criminal actions are aimed at intimidating, creating an atmosphere of fear and despair among the population of Artsakh. From the point of view of security and proper protection of the rights of the population of Artsakh, the immediate removal of Azerbaijani armed strongholds near peaceful settlements remains an extremely important and key problem,” the Ombudsman of Artskah said in a statement.