Azerbaijan: Armenian missile killed 13, wounded over 50

BAKU (AZERBAIJAN): Azerbaijan on Saturday accused Armenia of placing its second-largest metropolis with a ballistic missile that killed not less than 13 civilians and wounded 50 others in a brand new escalation of their battle over Nagorno-Karabakh.
The Armenian Defence Ministry denied launching the strike, however the separatist authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh put out a press release itemizing alleged “legit” army amenities within the metropolis of Ganja, though they stopped wanting claiming duty for the assault.
Azerbaijani officers stated the Soviet-made Scud missile destroyed or broken about 20 residential buildings in Ganja in a single day, and emergency employees spent hours looking out within the rubble for victims and survivors.
Scud missiles date again to the 1960s and carry an enormous load of explosives however are identified for his or her lack of precision.
In a televised tackle to the nation, Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, denounced the missile strike as a battle crime and warned the management of Armenia that it could face duty for that.
“Azerbaijan will give its response and it’ll accomplish that completely on the battlefield,” Aliyev stated.
Whereas authorities in each Azerbaijan and Armenia have denied concentrating on civilians, residential areas have more and more come beneath shelling amid the hostilities which have raged for 3 weeks regardless of Russia’s try and dealer a cease-fire.
Stepanakert, the regional capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, got here beneath intense shelling in a single day, leaving three civilians wounded, in accordance with separatist authorities.
Nagorno-Karabakh lies inside Azerbaijan however has been beneath the management of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a battle there resulted in 1994. The most recent outburst of preventing started on September 27 and has concerned heavy artillery, rockets and drones, killing a whole lot and marking the biggest escalation of hostilities between the South Caucasus neighbors in additional than a quarter-century.
Aliyev introduced Saturday that Azerbaijani forces have taken the city of Fizuli and 7 villages round it, gaining a “strategic edge.” Fizuli is likely one of the seven Azerbaijani areas exterior Nagorno-Karabakh that was seized by the Armenian forces throughout the battle within the early 1990s.
Russia, which has a safety pact with Armenia but in addition has cultivated heat ties with Azerbaijan, hosted prime diplomats from each nations for greater than 10 hours of talks that ended with Saturday’s cease-fire deal. However the settlement instantly frayed, with each side blaming one another for breaching it.
Azerbaijan has insisted it has the precise to reclaim its land by pressure after efforts by the so-called Minsk group of worldwide mediators that includes Russia, the US and France didn’t yield any progress.
Azerbaijan has actively pushed for its ally Turkey to take a outstanding function in future peace talks.
Turkish Protection Minister Hulusi Akar spoke on the telephone together with his Azerbaijani counterpart, congratulating Azerbaijan on “liberating Fizuli from the occupation” and downing the Armenian jets.
The Azerbaijani army declared Saturday that they downed an Armenian Su-25 jet, a declare shortly dismissed by Armenia’s Defence Ministry.
Drones and rocket methods provided by Turkey have given the Azerbaijani army an edge on the battlefield, serving to them outgun the Armenian forces that rely totally on outdated Soviet-era weapons.

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