Nagorno-Karabakh conflict fresh escalations: Armenia strikes residential homes in Ganja
An Armenian missile strike leveled several residential homes in Azerbaijan’s second city of Ganja on Saturday, Azeri officials said, in the latest escalation in the conflict over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Azerbaijan said an Armenian missile had hit two apartment buildings killing at least 13 civilians and injuring 40 others in Ganja, a city far from the front lines.
Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev described the nighttime attack as a war crime and said his army would “take revenge on the battlefield.” He promised to capture Karabakh by driving out Armenian forces “like dogs.”
Armenian officials denied the attack and accused Azerbaijan of attacking civilian areas such as residences in Stepanakert.
In a televised address on Saturday, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev denied attacking civilians while accusing Armenia of destroying or damaging “more than 2,000 houses” in Azerbaijan.
He also said that his country’s forces had taken the city of Fuzuli and seven villages in Nagorno-Karabakh.
“Our revenge is on the battlefield,” he said. “The Azerbaijani army is achieving its goal, no force can stop us.”
Ganja is the capital of the Nagorno-Karabakh region, internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but run by ethnic Armenians.
A six-year war over the territory ended in 1994 with a ceasefire but not a peace treaty.
A Russian-brokered ceasefire agreed by the two sides last Saturday to allow swapping detainees and the bodies of those killed, but with the last escalations, it seems to have broken down.
Since the conflict re-erupted on September 27 it has so far killed more than 700 people, including nearly 80 civilians.