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.

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

According to the General Prosecutor's Office, Armenian heavy artillery and rocket strikes on densely populated localities during the second Karabakh war claimed the lives of 93 civilians, 12 children and 27 women among them; 454 people were wounded; 12,292 residential and non-residential facilities, 288 vehicles and 1018 farms sustained damage as a result.

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

These treacherous attacks dealt the greatest damage to Azerbaijan's second largest city, Ganja, which is located far away from the frontline. During the second Karabakh war, it was five times (on 4, 5, 8, 11, and 17 October) that Armenian military forces pounded Ganja with rockets and heavy artillery shells.
The first attack was committed on 4 October at approximately 10 AM; rockets hit a residential area, damaging also a two-story building and several private residences. One civilian, Tunar Goshgar Aliyev, was killed in the attack; 32 civilians were injured. Apart from residential houses, the strike dealt damage to the urban infrastructure and ancient historical monuments. This strike was the first serious attack the enemy committed outside the war-ravaged Karabakh region.

The second attack happened on 5 October; A rocket launched from the territory of Armenia hit Grand Qafqaz shopping center in Ganja, wounding three civilians.

Committed on 8 October, the third attack was the first when shells hit in the deep of the night. No casualties were reported, but several houses and vehicles sustained serious damage.

As the enemy was losing the war, his attacks on Ganja became increasingly powerful; 10 people, 5 women among them, died during the night attack on 11 October, when Armenians hit Ganja with a SCUD-B missile. 40 people were wounded, including 10 women and 9 underage children. The attack dealt damage to 10 multi-block residential buildings and over 100 facilities.

The 17 October attack on Ganja had the most tragic consequences; at approximately 1:00 AM, a SCUD missile ripped through Javadkhan settlement in the center of Ganja, killing 15 and wounding 55. Among the casualties were 6 men, 4 women, and 5 little kids. Besides, the attack dealt damage to residential houses and other structures.

According to the official reports, Armenian attacks on Ganja killed a total of 25 people and wounded 175; the urban infrastructure sustained colossal damage.

Repeatedly hitting Ganja with rockets, the occupying country entirely ignored resolutions, statements and calls of the global community and international organizations, let alone international humanitarian law, notably the Geneva Conventions of 1949. The only reason behind it, in our opinion, is that Armenia has neither been brought to accountability nor subjected to international sanctions as an occupying country.

Had the international community not showed indifference, had it denounced and pressured Armenia in the wake of the first attack on Ganja, the occupying country would not have turned loose, and subsequent tragedies would have never happened.

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

7 October 2021

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