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, Naftalan District was one of the places that was heavily stricken by Armenian artillery and missiles.

It was on the first day of the war, on 27 September, that Armenian military forces shelled Qashalti village (Naftalan District). This provocation resulted in the death of Elbrus Gurbanov (b. 1951) and four members of his family: Shafayat Gurbanova (b. 1956), Fidan Gurbanova (b. 2006), Shahriyar Gurbanov (b. 2007) and Afag Amirova (b. 1981).

The Prosecutor's Office of Goranboy District has initiated a criminal proceeding under articles 100.2 (Conducting of aggressive war), 120.2.1 (Deliberate murder conducted by organized group), 120.2.4 (Deliberate murder committed with special cruelty or in publicly dangerous way), 120.2.7 (Deliberate murder of two and more persons), 120.2.12 (Deliberate murder committed on motives of national, racial, religious hatred or enmity), and other articles of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

It was quite systematically during the Patriotic War that Armenian military forces used heavy artillery and ballistic missiles to pound Naftalan District.
Photo: Report
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.

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

7 October 2021

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