Ganja killings of civilians by Armenian armed forces amount to war crimes

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(London – PR):- On the night of October 11, Ganja, the second largest city in Azerbaijan and far beyond the frontline, came under rocket fire by the Armenian armed forces. The attack killed ten civilians and injured 34 others, including minors.

Azerbaijan MFA released a statement on October 11, 2020 calling on the international community to take decisive steps to force the aggressor Armenia to comply with international law and its international obligations.

Statement of MFA Azerbaijan reads: “The shelling of civilians and cities by the Armenian armed forces after the humanitarian ceasefire agreement is another clear example of barbarism and shows that the ceasefire calls of the Armenian leadership are nothing but hypocrisy. Armenia’s deliberate firing on civilians, homes, civilian objects and medical personnel as part of its aggressive policy against Azerbaijan once again demonstrates the country’s disregard for fundamental norms and principles of international law, including international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions, as well as shows that it is clearly violating its obligations and is far from the principles of humanism.”

Hikmet Hajiyev, Assistant of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration wrote in Twitter that “Armenia’s state level policy of terror continues. Impunity of Armenia encourages it for further war crimes and military crimes. Misusing humanitarian truce Armenia indiscriminately fired densely populated residential part Ganja.” He also tweeted that “It is an act of genocide against Azerbaijani people we have witnessed since Khojaly genocide”.

Despite the agreement reached during the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia in Moscow with the mediation of the Russian Federation, to observe a humanitarian ceasefire from 12:00 pm on October 10, 2020, Armenian side continues to grossly violate the agreement.

Immediately after the establishment of a humanitarian ceasefire, the Armenian armed forces fired on Agdam and Tartar regions of Azerbaijan. A few hours later, Armenian armed forces tried to attack in the direction of Hadrut and Jabrayil.

A medical worker was seriously injured as a result of the shooting by the Armenian armed forces of a sanitary medical vehicle, clearly marked with a white flag, collecting the bodies of Armenian soldiers in the area of Sugovshan.

Azerbaijan says the full responsibility for the situation in the region lies with the Armenian political and military leadership.

“If we see that meaningful negotiations are not there, that the talks are not substantive, that this is being again used by the other side for propaganda purposes, that we are again being shelled, fired at, killed, maimed, provoked, that the other side continues adding insult to injury then unfortunately we will be left with no other options but to find other non-diplomatic ways of solution.”, said Mr. Tahir Taghizade, Ambassador of Azerbaijan in the UK on October 10 in an interview to BBC World Service “Newshour”.

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