Suffering a bitter defeat on the battlefields of the 44-day-long Patriotic War ever since it started on 27 September, Armenians resorted to provocations.

To make up for their losses, the military-political leadership of Armenia pounded our cities and villages, located away from the frontline, with heavy artillery and rocket strikes.

Sitting close to the frontline, Agdam District was one of the places that was heavily stricken by Armenian artillery and missiles.

The first enemy's attack on Agdam that resulted in human casualties happened on the second day of the Patriotic War, 28 September 2020. On that day, Armenians shelled densely populated territories of Azerbaijan using Grad rocket launchers, killing Joshgun Anvar Pashayev (b. 1979), a dweller of Evoghlu village (Agdam District).

On the next day, the enemy opened fire at around noon; as a result, Elmaddin Humbat Sariyev (b. 1997), a dweller of Garadaghli village (Agdam District) was killed in his own yard.

On 1 October 2020 at approximately 1:00 PM, the occupying country's military forces one more time pounded populated areas of Azerbaijan from heavy artillery, killing Hajimammadli village (Agdam District) dweller Murshud Rashid Mammadov (b. 1966) and his son Samir Mammadov (b. 1996); their house sustained severe damage.
On 5 October, the enemy shelled Agdam District from various directions, killing Eyvaz Musa Rahimov (b. 1954); during this bombardment, Uchoghlan village dweller Mehman Aghalar Safarov (b. 1971) was wounded and subsequently admitted to hospital.

Another heavy artillery strike on Agdam District was committed on 7 October 2020; a shell ripped through a residential house in Khindiristan village, killing Zarifa Gamboy Aliyeva (b. 1945); her house sustained severe damage.

During the bombardment of Chemenli and Zangishali villages in Agdam District at around 7 PM on 10 October, a shell burst claimed the life of Chemenli village dweller Gunduz Tariel Huseynov (b. 1974).

It was quite systematically during the Patriotic War that Armenian military forces used heavy artillery and ballistic missiles to pound Agdam District.

Using heavy artillery and ballistic missiles against Ganja, Barda, Yevlakh, Beylagan, Agdam, Terter, Qabala, Goranboy, Aghjabadi, Khizi and other localities and districts, Armenian armed forces would grossly violate the norms and principles of international law, the Geneva Convention of 1949 and Additional Protocols thereto, as well as judgements and resolutions of UN Security Council. The Armenian military transgressions killed a total of 94 non-combatants, 12 children and 27 women among them; 414 civilians were wounded; 12 292 residential and non-residential facilities were damaged, as well as 288 vehicles and 1018 farms.

Apart from civilian casualties, Armenian bombardments also dealt damage to residential houses, industrial facilities, schools and a hospital, prompting a massive evacuation.

Some influential international organizations denounced Armenian military forces for violation of laws of war and rocket and artillery strikes on towns and villages that had resulted in civilian casualties.

The General's Prosecutor Office of the Republic of Azerbaijan stated that it would do its best to exposure Armenia as an occupying and aggressor country on a global scale, and appeal, pursuant to local and international law, to international authorities so that the culprit is brought to accountability and suffer the full penalty of sanctions.

We firmly believe that justice will soon triumph, and Armenian butchers will be brought to fair punishment for barbarous slaughter of peaceful people in Ganja and other towns and regions.

Victims of Armenian terror in Agdam:
Source: General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Azerbaijan

7 October 2021

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