October 17, 2020 8:37:51 pm
The warring nations of Azerbaijan and Armenia have as soon as once more accused one another of violating a week-old truce brokered by Russia, as tensions proceed to escalate over the long-disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area.
At the very least 13 folks have been killed and greater than 40 injured after Armenia launched a missile-attack on Azerbaijan’s second-biggest metropolis Ganja early on Saturday morning, the Azerbaijani prosecutor basic’s workplace has stated.
The ballistic missile strike allegedly razed a number of residential homes to the bottom, killing and injuring dozens of individuals of their sleep, Al Jazeera reported. A rescue operation is presently underway, with round 100 rescuers making an attempt to succeed in people who find themselves believed to be trapped underneath the rubble.
In an announcement issued this morning, the nation’s overseas ministry accused Armenia of “deliberate and indiscriminate concentrating on of civilians”.
“Steady aggression of Armenia, merciless assaults on the civilians should be stopped and the worldwide neighborhood shouldn’t flip a blind eye to those inhuman acts by Armenia in opposition to the folks of Azerbaijan,” the assertion learn.
— Emb of Azerbaijan US (@azembassyus) October 17, 2020
Denying the allegations, the Armenian Defence ministry accused Azerbaijan of shelling residences within the metropolis of Stepanakert, the BBC reported. Stepanakert is the capital of the Nagorno-Karabakh area, which has been the reason for battle between the 2 neighbouring nations for many years.
In line with officers, the capital got here underneath intense shelling final night time, leaving three civilians wounded, Reuters reported.
The newest outburst of combating started in September and has killed tons of thus far. Regardless of either side signing a Moscow-brokered ceasefire final week, the battle has continued.
Listed below are the highest updates on the Armenia-Azerbaijan battle
Azerbaijan will give its response on the battlefield: Azerbaijani president
Calling the missile strike on Ganja a conflict crime, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev warned Armenian officers that they’d quickly must personal up and face accountability for the assault, Reuters reported.
“Azerbaijan will give its response and it’ll achieve this completely on the battlefield,” he stated in a televised handle to the nation.
In a tweet shared on Saturday, the President Aliyev introduced that Azerbaijan’s military had seized the city of Fizuli and 7 surrounding villages. Fizuli is amongst the Azerbaijani areas close to Nagorno-Karabakh that have been seized by Armenian forces within the early 1990s.
Azerbaijan’s wonderful Military has liberated Gochehmedli, Chimen, Chuvarli, Pirehmedli, Musabeyli, Ishigli and Dedeli villages of Fuzuli district and town of Fuzuli. Lengthy dwell Azerbaijan’s Military! Karabakh is Azerbaijan!
— Ilham Aliyev (@presidentaz) October 17, 2020
Armenia denies allegations, accuses Azerbaijan of shelling populated areas
The Armenian Defence Ministry has categorically denied launching a missile strike on Azerbaijan, and has accused the nation of finishing up in a single day shelling in a few of the most populated areas inside Nagorno-Karabakh, together with the area’s capital metropolis of Stepanakert.
At the very least three civilians have been wounded on account of the Azeri firing within the area, the overseas ministry stated. The nation additionally claimed that a number of drones flew over Armenian settlements, destroying navy installations and damaging civilian infrastructure, Reuters reported.
A number of residents have stated that they heard and witnessed quite a lot of loud explosions by way of the night time.
Turkey calls assault on Azerbaijani metropolis a ‘conflict crime’
Azerbaijan’s long-time ally Turkey has accused Armenia of committing a conflict crime by launching a missile strike on town of Ganja. Turkish International Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has stated that Armenia should be held accountable for the assault.
“Armenia nonetheless commits conflict crimes&massacres civilians. Kills harmless folks incl. kids.Silence in opposition to this atrocity equals sharing accountability of those murders.Those that don’t have any humanity might be held accountable for his or her crimes.Will at all times stand by brotherly,” he wrote.
Armenia nonetheless commits conflict crimes&massacres civilians. Kills harmless folks incl. kids.Silence in opposition to this atrocity equals sharing accountability of those murders.Those that don’t have any humanity might be held accountable for his or her crimes.Will at all times stand by brotherly #Azerbaijan.
— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) October 17, 2020
Whereas the US, France and Russia collectively condemned the combating in Nagorno-Karabakh and referred to as for ceasefire, Turkey has repeatedly dismissed calls for for a ceasefire.
Loss of life toll in Ganja contains two kids, claims Azerbaijani official
Two kids have been among the many 13 individuals who misplaced their lives within the missile assault in Ganja, in response to Mushfiq Jafarov, a member of parliament from town.
“There are solely civilians residing right here,” he informed Al Jazeera. He added that greater than 40 folks had been injured within the assault.
Two websites, round 5 kilometres aside, had been focused, he stated.
Pompeo condemns Turkey’s involvement in Nagorno-Karabakh battle
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday condemned the position that Turkey has been enjoying within the Nagorno-Karabakh battle and referred to as for the difficulty to be resolved by way of diplomacy, Reuters reported.
“We now have the Turks, who’ve stepped in and supplied assets to Azerbaijan, growing the danger, growing the firepower that’s happening on this historic struggle,” he stated in an interview with US-based broadcaster WSB Atlanta.
“The decision of that battle must be completed by way of negotiation and peaceable discussions, not by way of armed battle, and positively not with third social gathering nations coming in to lend their firepower to what’s already a powder keg of a scenario,” he added.
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