AZERBAIJANI-(MaraviPost)-At least one person has died and four people sustained various degrees of injuries following an Armenian rocket attack on the Azerbaijani city of Ganja on Sunday, October 4, 2020.
Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday, October 4th.
Al Jazeera report indicated that the first missile attack was launched against Ganja, the second biggest city of more than 330,000 in the western part of the country and an hour later another rocket landed hitting another residential area a few blocks away.
Prior to the incident, reports revealed that Azerbaijan launched a major offensive on September 27 rekindling late 1980s and early 1990s war between the two countries.
Other reports revealed that the leader of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh republic, Arayik Harutyunyan, was gravely wounded in a strike carried out by the Azerbaijani forces.
However, Armenia’s government information center citing Harutyunyan’s spokesman Vagram Pogosyan denied Azerbaijan’s statement claiming the Azerbaijanis report does not correspond to reality.
Armenia has denied it had directed fire towards Azerbaijan and in his comment, the leader of Nagorno-Karabakh said his forces had targeted a military airbase in Ganja but later stopped firing in order to avoid civilian casualties.
Previously, the scuffle had been between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian enclave inside Azerbaijan and arlier Azerbaijani forces shelled Stepanakert, the main city of the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh as reported by Armenian officials.
Commenting on the matter, Turkey has condemned the attacks on civilians by Armenian forces on the Azerbaijani city of Ganja in the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.
In a statement, the foreign ministry said Armenia’s attacks in Azerbaijan’s are a new indicator of its stance that does not recognise law.
Azerbaijan and Armenia previously fought a war over Nagorno-Karabakh in the late 1980s and early 1990s as they transitioned into independent countries amid the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The war, which ended with a fragile peace treaty in 1994, is estimated to have killed tens of thousands of people, including more than a thousand civilians.
The fighting continued despite international calls for the neighbours to halt clashes and begin talks as fears grow that the fighting could expand into a multi-front war sucking in regional powers Turkey and Russia.