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 far away from the frontline, the city of Mingachevir was one of the places that was heavily stricken by Armenian artillery and missiles.

On 4 October 2020 at approximately 11:00 PM, the occupying country's military forces launched deliberate rocket strikes on the industrial city of Mingachevir (population over 100,000), which is located over 100 km away from the combat zone.

Fortunately, two out of three rockets they launched failed to explode; one of them 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 5 October, the Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Azerbaijan issued a statement with regard to the Armenian rocket shelling of Azerbaijani city of Mingachevir, where a large water reservoir and a power plant are located. The statement denounces the shelling by Armenian armed forces on densely populated civilian settlements, including on Mingachevir, by using heavy artillery, aircraft, special missile systems and prohibited weapons.

"We once again call on international organizations to demand from occupant Armenia to unconditionally refrain from the criminal acts that infringe on the right of the civilian population to live, also to a safe and healthy environment, which is a gross violation of human rights and freedoms and poses a risk of a profound environmental disaster for the region, to liberate Nagorno-Karabakh and adjacent districts, which are historical territories of Azerbaijan, and to undertake urgent actions to establish international legal responsibility", the statement says.
The enemy carried on regardless; on 9 October, Azerbaijan's AA systems detected and destroyed an Elbrus tactical missile (9K72) that had been launched from Armenia towards Mingachevir at an altitude of 20 km.

On 11 October 2020 at approximately 4:00 AM, the enemy's forces one more time launched rockets on Mingachevir. Apart from wiping out civilians, Armenia's military and political leadership was intending to take out CHPP "Azerbaijan", the largest in South Caucasus, and HPP Mingachevir. Our AA divisions neutralized the threat, thereby averting a regional-scale disaster.

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 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.

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.

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