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, Fuzuli District was one of the places that was heavily stricken by Armenian artillery and missiles; the first enemy's attack on Fuzuli that resulted in human casualties happened on the third day of the Patriotic War, 29 September 2020. On that day, the shelling killed Alikhanli village dweller Ihtiyar Ajdar Safarov (b. 1971), who at that time was in his backyard.

On the next day (30 September), the enemy shelled densely populated areas of Azerbaijan; at around 4 PM, a shell hit nearby a gas station in the town of Goradiz (Fuzuli District), killing Murad Tahir Rustamov (b. 1990) and Emil Elshad Guliyev (b. 2000); three people were wounded and subsequently admitted to hospital, and the gas station sustained heavy 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, 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.

It was quite systematically during the Patriotic War that Armenian military forces used heavy artillery and ballistic missiles to pound Fuzuli 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 Fuzuli:
Source: General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Azerbaijan

7 October 2021

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