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.
Led by the Armenian government, the enemy's military forces committed an actual crime against humanity in Ganja, Barda, Terter, Yevlakh, Beylagan, Qabala, Goranboy, Aghjabadi, Agdam, Mingachevir, Khizi and other towns and districts.

The Armenian military transgressions during the Second Karabakh War killed a total of 93 non-combatants, 12 children and 27 women among them; 454 civilians were wounded; 12 292 residential and non-residential facilities were damaged, as well as 288 vehicles and 1018 farms.
The details of mass murders committed and damage wrecked by Armenian military forces across our cities and districts are provided below.

Ganja, the second largest city of Azerbaijan, suffered the most from the enemy's treacherous attacks. On 4 October 2020 at approximately 10:00 AM, rockets launched by Armenian forces hit a residential area in Ganja, ripping through a two-story building and several private residences.

The shelling killed one civilian, Tunar Goshgar Aliyev, and wounded 32 non-combatants. Apart from damage to residential facilities, the attack resulted in a damage to the urban infrastructure and ancient historical structures.

This rocket strike was a first serious assault outside the war-ravaged Karabakh region. On the overall, Armenian military forces struck Ganja 5 times (on 4, 5, 8, 11, and 17 October) during the war.

The last two attacks had much sadder consequences; 10 people, including 5 women, were killed late in the night of 11 October when Armenians launched a SCUD-B ballistic missile on Ganja. Nearly 40 people were wounded, 10 women and 9 children of minority age among them. Over a dozen blocks and 100 structures were damaged.

On 17 October, Armenian SCUD missiles hit Ganja again, killing 15 and wounding 55 this time. There were little children, women and elderly among the casualties.

According to the official sources, Armenian attacks on Ganja killed a total of 26 people and wounded 175, and dealt colossal damage to the urban infrastructure and vehicles.

Just like before, by subjecting Ganja to missile and artillery attacks, Armenia – the occupying country – would effectively dismiss the international community's resolutions, statement, and appeals, and kept on grossly violating the international humanitarian law, notably the Geneva Convention of 1949. The only reason for such lawlessness was Armenia not having been subjected to international sanctions, so it could get away with the crime.

The lack of serious international pressure and denunciation of Armenia's actions following the first attack on Ganja gave it the upper hand and resulted in subsequent provocations on its part.

Barda District also suffered from the Armenian terror; this time Armenians used banned cluster munitions against Qarayusifli village (Barda District) and the city of Barda (on 27 and 28 October 2020, respectively), killing 26 non-combatants and wounding over 70, including 8 children and 15 women.

Besides, the strikes dealt colossal damage to over 30 civil infrastructure facilities; over 20 private residences and 22 civilian vehicles were damaged.
Enemy rockets pounding Yeni Ayrija village (Barda District) on 7 November 2020 killed Shahmali Atraf Rahimov (b. 2004).
Another terror attack was committed in Terter, where on 28 September a shell exploded on the main street in front of the Terter district court building; a fragment ripped through an ambulance car and struck its driver Ganbar Asadov, 52, ripping off his leg.

Another burst killed Mehman Aliyev, 45, who at that moment was on the sidewalk approximately 20 meters away from the court building.
The next provocation, committed by the invader's forces against Azerbaijan's peaceful population on 3 October 2020, resulted in an artillery shell hitting Azad Qaraqoyunlu village (Goranboy District) and wounding Safar Ayyub Mammadov (b. 1996) and Akif Yunis Guliyev; both people were admitted to hospital.

On 15 October, the enemy used heavy artillery to pound Terter's municipal cemetery; the shells killed Vasif Rustamov, 58, Parviz Orujov, 31, Iskandar Amirov, 53, and Shakir Zamanov, 32, who were attending a funeral there. Fuzuli Mammadov, 54, Nofel Amirov, 52, Elsevar Allahverdiyev, 41, and Rafael Gazanfarli, 34 were wounded and subsequently admitted to hospital.
On 4 October 2020 at approximately 11:00 PM, the occupying country's military forces, instructed by the military-political leadership of Armenia, launched rocket strikes on residential areas in Mingachevir, an industrial city in Azerbaijan. Two out of three rockets they launched failed to explode, however.

One of these two rockets fell in front of Azerbaijan CHPP LLC, and the other near a residential house. The third rocket ripped through a private residence; five people were wounded and admitted to hospital, and the house itself was heavily damaged.
On 3 October 2020, the occupying country's military forces launched a heavy shelling of civilians' houses in Beylagan; as a result, a private residence collapsed, burying Zulfiyya Iskandar Ismayilova (b. 1976) and her sister Arzu Iskandar Asadova (b. 1998) under the rubble. At the same time, shells bursting across the city wounded Etibar Tavakkyul Balakishiyev (b. 1982) and Sevda Yashar Bashirova (b. 1969), who were admitted to hospital. The shelling also dealt damage to numerous residential houses.
On 5 October 2020, the occupying country's military forces launched heavy artillery and rocket attack on towns and villages of Goranboy District, killing Qizilhajili village dweller Raziyya Bayramali Abbasova (b. 1955). Shells launched by the enemy also wounded dwellers of another residential house, Mashdi Ibrahim Hasanov (b. 1958), his daughter Sevinj Hasanova (b.1984) and grandson Eljan Elgun Hasanov (b. 2011), who were admitted to hospital alongside Rasim Nadir Alakbarov (b. 1969), who was wounded by a shell fragment on the street.

In the morning of 29 October, the enemy once again pounded the district with heavy artillery and rocket strikes from various directions. A shell ripped through a house in Tapqaraqoyunly village, killing Flora Garash Ziyadova (b. 1967), a village dweller; her house sustained severe damage.

The enemy's artillery strike on Aghjabadi District villages on 4 October 2020 killed fifteen-year old Farid Dilafat Iskandarov and wounded another civilian.

Armenian forces launched 3 rockets on the city of Aghjabadi on 5 October; one of them failed to expolde, the second hit a residential yard and crushed a house, and the third hit another residence.

The third rocket wounded Elshan Mehdi Ibrahimov (b. 1994) and his niece Ayan Rovshan Ibrahimova (b. 2015), who were admitted to hospital; their house sustained severe damage.
It was on the first day of the war, on 27 September, that Armenian military forces shelled Qashalti village (Naftalan District). This provocation resulted in the death of Elbrus Gurbanov (b. 1951) and four members of his family: Shafayat Gurbanova (b. 1956), Fidan Gurbanova (b. 2006), Shahriyar Gurbanov (b. 2007) and Afag Amirova (b. 1981).
On 1 October 2020 at approximately 1:00 PM, the occupying country's military forces one more time subjected peaceful population to artillery fire. Shell fragments killed Hajimammadli village (Agdam District) dweller Murshud Rashid Mammadov (b. 1966) and his son Samir Mammadov (b. 1996); their house sustained severe damage.
In the morning of 9 October 2020, the occupying country's military forces subjected Fuzuli District to heavy artillery and rocket shelling from various directions.

As shells ripped through Qarabagh village, dwellers Samir Hidayat Asadov (b. 1982), Nizami Jafar Ibrahimov (b. 1958) and Alman Anvar Abbasov (b. 1968) were wounded and admitted to hospital; besides, the shelling dealt heavy damage to their houses.

The Full List of Rocket Strike Victims:
Source: General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Azerbaijan

7 October 2021

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