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, Barda District was one of the places that was heavily stricken by Armenian artillery and missiles; on 5, 8, 27, 28 October and on 7 November.

Armenian shells burst on Barda's central street and in vicinity of the central hospital, killing 2 people and wounding 6; heavy damage was dealt to the civil infrastructure.

On 8 October, Armenian military forces struck Barda and nearby villages using heavy artillery and rocket launchers. The rocket that fell on Gasimbayli village left a 10m deep crater; fortunately, there were no casualties.

The 27 October strike on Qarayusifli village killed 5 non-combatants and wounded 14.

The second attack, which was committed on 28 October, proved more devastating; At around 1 PM, the enemy's forces launched two 9М525 Smerch ballistic rockets, a munition of high destructive force (72 9N235 fragments per rocket, 144 fragments in total). The rockets hit a densely populated part of Barda, packed with retail facilities. They killed 22 people and wounded over 80, including 8 children and 15 women. Besides, the rocket strikes dealt considerable damage to over 30 infrastructure facilities, 20 private residences and 22 vehicles belonging to non-combatants.
Enemy rockets pounded Yeni Ayrija village (Barda District) on 7 November 2020 killed Shahmali Atraf Rahimov (b. 2004).

The terror in Barda District claimed the lives of 29 people; 108 people were wounded. Various facilities and residential structures across the district sustained heavy damage.

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 Barda:
Source: General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Azerbaijan

7 October 2021

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