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.