Nagorno-Karabakh battle: Missile strike on Azeri city kills 21 civilians


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A burnt car, which was hit by shelling during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in the town of Barda, 28 October 2020

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picture captionDeadly shelling within the Azeri city of Barda broken property, roads and autos, Azerbaijani officers stated

Azerbaijan has accused the Armenian army of killing at the very least 21 civilians in a missile strike as combating over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh intensifies.

Dozens extra have been reportedly wounded within the strike on the Azeri city of Barda, not removed from the continued clashes.

Armenia has denied finishing up the assault, and accused Azerbaijan of focusing on a maternity ward within the space.

Preventing over the area of Nagorno-Karabakh erupted on 27 September.

The mountainous territory is formally a part of Azerbaijan, however run by ethnic Armenians.

What occurred within the newest strikes?

Azerbaijani presidential spokesman Hikmet Hajiyev stated Armenian forces had “used cluster munitions to inflict extreme casualties amongst civilians” in Barda, in central Azerbaijan.

Photographs posted on social media confirmed injury to streets and autos with what gave the impression to be a number of our bodies in physique baggage laid out on the street.

  • What are Armenia and Azerbaijan fighting over?

One native resident, Ulviyya Babayeva, stated she was in her automotive close by when she heard three explosions and determined to go to the world.

“We noticed a hearth… bombs have been dropped,” she informed the BBC. “One fell on the automotive outdoors a financial institution constructing, fragments [of bombs] in every single place, [broken] glass [of cars/windows]… one of many bombs fell outdoors fireplace rescue station, there are useless and injured folks.”

Cops and different service personnel have been despatched to Barda to assist transport the injured to hospital, in addition to present extra safety within the city, the Azerbaijani inside ministry stated.

The ministry added that the assault was a gross violation of worldwide humanitarian legislation, and that the Armenian authorities ought to settle for duty.

Individually, a press release issued by the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) stated Azerbaijani forces had struck a maternity hospital and different “civil infrastructure” within the territory’s metropolis of Stepanakert.

picture captionA broken medical centre in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, following alleged shelling by Azerbaijani forces

The NKR added that data on attainable casualties on the facility, which had been beneath development, was “being clarified”.

The newest assaults come simply days after a US-brokered ceasefire was agreed between the 2 sides.

Earlier, Azerbaijani media reported that the top of the Nagorno-Karabakh army, Jalal Harutyunyan, was killed in a particular operation on Tuesday.

The Azerbaijani defence ministry stated that Mr Harutyunyan, who it accused of finishing up warfare crimes within the area, was recognized by surveillance groups coming into a automobile, which was then focused by a drone strike.

What in regards to the ceasefire?

The US-brokered ceasefire, the third after two earlier agreements brokered by Russia failed, started early on Monday.

US President Donald Trump tweeted shortly after it was introduced by the US state division on the weekend to congratulate these concerned following “intense negotiations”.

However simply minutes after it got here into power, Armenia and Azerbaijan each accused one another of violating the truce.

Azerbaijan stated Armenian forces started shelling the city of Terter and close by villages in a “gross violation” of the settlement.

Armenia’s defence ministry stated Azerbaijani artillery had fired on army positions in numerous components of the entrance line after the ceasefire settlement had begun.

Clashes that started within the area in September have rapidly escalated right into a large-scale battle, with the shelling of cities and cities and the alleged use of banned cluster munitions.

A number of thousand folks have died and shelling has killed civilians on either side. Tens of hundreds have fled their houses.

Nagorno-Karabakh – key information

  • A mountainous area of about 4,400 sq km (1,700 sq miles)
  • Historically inhabited by Christian Armenians and Muslim Turks
  • An autonomous area throughout the republic of Azerbaijan, when it was a part of the Soviet Union
  • Internationally recognised as a part of Azerbaijan, however majority of inhabitants is ethnic Armenian
  • An estimated a million folks displaced by six years of warfare between Azerbaijan and neighbouring Armenia, begun in 1988 when each have been Soviet republics, and about 30,000 killed
  • Separatist forces captured some further territory across the enclave in Azerbaijan on this warfare
  • Stalemate has largely prevailed since a 1994 ceasefire, however a peace treaty has by no means been agreed
  • Turkey overtly helps Azerbaijan
  • Russia has army bases in Armenia

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