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Occupying Armenian forces once again target Azeri civilians in Ganja with missile attacks

Several Azerbaijani civilians were buried under debris in Ganja after the occupying Armenian forces launched a missile attack. The heinous attack carried out by Erivan forces destroyed a multi-story resident building in the second-largest city. Aliyev aide Hikmet Hajiyev described the heinous attacks carried out by the Armenian side as "indiscriminate".

Agencies and A News WORLD
Published October 17,2020

The civilians in Azerbaijan's second-largest city, Ganja, were hit hard by missile attacks by the Armenian army, a top Azerbaijani official said Saturday.

"Innocent civilians in the second biggest city of Azerbaijan are under the indiscriminate and targeted missile attack of Armenia," Hikmet Hajiyev, assistant to the Azerbaijani president, said on Twitter.

"Unscrupulous calls for humanitarian ceasefire should see these war crimes of Armenia," he said.

More than 20 houses were destroyed, according to preliminary information, he added.

The Armenian army also launched missile attacks on Mingachevir.

The recent clashes erupted between the two countries on Sept. 27, and since then, Armenia has continued its attacks on civilians and Azerbaijani forces.

Azerbaijan's Prosecutor General's Office said on Friday that at least 47 civilians had been killed and 222 injured due to the fresh Armenian attacks.

Relations between the two former Soviet republics have been tense since 1991, when the Armenian military occupied Upper Karabakh, or Nagorno-Karabakh, an internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan.

The OSCE Minsk Group-co-chaired by France, Russia, and the U.S.-was formed in 1992 to find a peaceful solution to the conflict, but to no avail. A cease-fire, however, was agreed to in 1994. Multiple UN resolutions, as well as international organizations, demand the withdrawal of the occupying forces.

Many world powers, including Russia, France, and the United States, have urged a new cease-fire. Turkey, meanwhile, has supported Baku's right to self-defense and demanded the withdrawal of Armenia's occupying forces.

Some 20% of Azerbaijan's territory has remained under illegal Armenian occupation for nearly three decades.