13 civilians have been killed and greater than 40 individuals injured in an early-hours missile assault on Azerbaijan’s second-biggest metropolis, Ganja, the Azerbaijani prosecutor basic’s workplace mentioned.
A missile raid levelIed a row of houses in Azerbaijan’s second metropolis of Ganja, killing and badly injuring individuals of their sleep in a pointy escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh battle.
The Armenian defence ministry denied the declare and accused Baku of constant to shell populated areas inside Nagorno-Karabakh, together with Stepanakert, the area’s greatest metropolis.
Listed below are the most recent updates on the Nagorno-Karabakh battle:
Saturday, October 17
09:30 GMT – Turkey calls assault on Azerbaijani metropolis by Armenia ‘conflict crime’
Armenia is committing a “conflict crime” and have to be held accountable for its “atrocity,” Turkish International Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter.
Armenia nonetheless commits conflict crimes&massacres civilians. Kills harmless individuals incl. youngsters.Silence in opposition to this atrocity equals sharing accountability of those murders.Those that haven’t any humanity can be held accountable for his or her crimes.Will all the time stand by brotherly #Azerbaijan.
— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) October 17, 2020
Hikmat Hajiyev, a overseas coverage aide to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, mentioned his nation desires a ceasefire.
“We help a humanitarian ceasefire, however Armenia isn’t giving it an opportunity … they preserve concentrating on residential areas,” Hajiyev mentioned in a web-based briefing with journalists.
09:00 GMT – Azerbaijan president vows ‘revenge’ after shelling on Ganja
Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev vowed to strike again in opposition to Armenia after shelling on his nation’s second largest metropolis Ganja.
Aliyev mentioned Azerbaijan’s military would retaliate in opposition to Armenia and “take revenge on the battlefield,” in televised remarks hours after the shelling on a residential space in Ganja flattened rows of homes.
08:35 GMT – Ganja official says dying toll is 13, together with two youngsters
Mushfiq Jafarov, a member of parliament from Ganja, instructed Al Jazeera stringer Seymur Kazimov that the dying toll from the assault on Ganja now stands at 13.
“There are solely civilians residing right here,” he mentioned, including that two little youngsters had been amongst these killed.
Jafarov mentioned two websites had been focused, with a distance of 5km between them.
“Greater than 40 are wounded,” he mentioned.
08:20 GMT -Civilians in Ganja decry Armenian assault on their houses
The assault on Ganja, which has a inhabitants of greater than 300,000 individuals, got here solely six days after a missile struck one other residential a part of the town, killing 10 civilians and leaving many on edge.
“Fortuitously my household and I weren’t at house,” Sevil Aliyeva instructed Al Jazeera stringer Seymur Kazimov. “My home is totally destroyed. I do consider the Azerbaijani military will take our revenge from Armenian forces.”
“We had been sleeping. The children had been watching TV,” Rubaba Zhafarova, 65, mentioned in entrance of her destroyed house.
“All the homes round listed here are destroyed. Many individuals are below the rubble. Some are lifeless, some are wounded.”
08:00 GMT – Erdogan tells Trudeau suspension of drone exports is in opposition to alliance spirit
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan instructed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau throughout a telephone name that Canada’s suspension of the export of some drone know-how was not consistent with the spirit of alliance, Erdogan’s workplace mentioned.
Canada suspended the export of some drone know-how to Turkey earlier this month because it probes allegations the tools was utilized by Azeri forces concerned in preventing with Armenia.
Turkey and Canada are each members of NATO.
Following Canada’s announcement, Turkey’s International Ministry had mentioned the suspension confirmed a double commonplace.
Turkey’s army exports to its ally Azerbaijan have risen six-fold this yr, with gross sales of drones and different army tools rising to $77m final month alone earlier than preventing broke out over the Nagorno-Karabakh area, based on exports knowledge.
07:00 GMT – Azeri human rights official accuses Armenia of ‘scary’ Azerbaijan
Ahmad Shahidov, the pinnacle of Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, instructed Al Jazeera his nation was being provoked by Armenia to answer army assaults.
“Azerbaijan liberated a number of areas from below Armenian occupation. That’s why the Armenian military moved again to Armenia and fired from its territory to impress Azerbaijan to destroy these fireplace factors,” he mentioned.
Worldwide regulation calls for the withdrawal of the exterior troops from Nagorno-Karabakh, he added.
“There are 4 UN safety council resolutions that instantly demand the withdrawal of exterior troops from Nagorno-Karabakh and the encompassing area.
06:45 GMT – Scud missile fired on Ganja, Al Jazeera correspondent says
The in a single day assault on Ganja was attributable to a Scud missile, mentioned Al Jazeera’s Sinem Koseoglu.
“What we have now been listening to from [Azeri] officers is that it is a Scud missile that was fired from Armenian territory,” she mentioned, talking from the capital Baku.
Koseoglu mentioned the final prosecutor of Azerbaijan and the minister of state of emergency are within the space making an attempt to know the influence of this explosion, and to listen to from the locals who witnessed the assault.
It’s not an earthquake.
It’s #GanjaCity the place Armenian military indiscriminately bombing the town.
Greater than 20 buildings flattened, casualties unknown.#ArmeniaKillsCivilians
— Hakan Copur (@hakancopur1) October 16, 2020
“Folks say there are nonetheless civilians below the rubble, and that the influence of this explosion attributable to the Scud missile is giant,” she mentioned.
Scud missiles are a collection of tactical ballistic missiles developed by the Soviet Union throughout the Chilly Warfare period.
05:55 GMT: Azerbaijan says 12 civilians killed, 40 wounded in Ganja by Armenia shelling
Azerbaijan mentioned 12 civilians had been killed and greater than 40 had been wounded within the metropolis of Ganja attributable to shelling by Armenia.
The Azeri Prosecutor Basic’s workplace mentioned that two shells hit condo buildings within the nation’s second-largest metropolis.
There was no official response from Armenia as but.