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Humanitarian Truce - Slain Civilians – Non-Combatant Losses, Armenians’ Crocodile Tears & Reality

Fuad Muxtarlı Feature 11 October 2020
Humanitarian Truce - Slain Civilians – Non-Combatant Losses, Armenians’ Crocodile Tears & Reality

Azerbaijan has lashed out at Armenia for the killing of civilians in missile attacks on the second largest city of Ganca in the west of the country and for firing rockets towards the nation’s powerhouse in Mingacevir. Both cities lie outside the theater of war in the separatist Karabakh.

The death toll of the October 11 shelling of the second largest western Azerbaijani city of Ganca has reached nine and 41 wounded, local media outlets quoted official sources as saying.

In violation of the humanitarian truce that came into force on 10 October after Armenia’s constant pleas with super powers and Azerbaijan’s consent to the humanitarian truce, Armenia shelled an apartment building in central Ganca as well as the industrial city of Mingacevir – both far away from the zone of war.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has described the missile strikes of the Armenian armed forces on the city of Ganca as a war crime.

“Armenia grossly violated the cease-fire by firing rockets at civilians in Ganca. This is a war crime and a gross violation of the Geneva Conventions,” Ilham Aliyev wrote on his Twitter account.

The president noted that the missile attack was carried out from the territory of Armenia’s Vardenis region. “The goal of Armenia is to re-occupy the liberated territories,” the president wrote, adding that the Armenian armed forces are shelling the villages of Agdam, Tartar, Agcabadi and Fuzuli districts.

The Azerbaijani president also held the military-political leadership of Armenia responsible for the crimes committed. “Azerbaijan will give a worthy answer to all this!” the president stressed

Official Baku has classified the strike on Ganca as a war crime and genocide against the Azerbaijani people. Azerbaijan has provided international organizations with all the information about the rocket attack by the Armenian armed forces of the Azerbaijani city of Ganca, Hikmat Haciyev, a presidential aide and head of the foreign policy department of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration, told reporters in Ganca.

"Currently, the trajectory of the missile strike on Ganca is being studied. According to preliminary data, the strike was delivered from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh. It was a deliberate and sneaky strike by the Armenian military. The military and political leadership of Armenia is responsible for this act of genocide against the Azerbaijani people," Haciyev said.

According to him, Azerbaijan is currently assessing the situation. "We reserve the right to destroy all legitimate military facilities from which Azerbaijani cities are fired," the presidential aide added.

In addition, Hikmat Haciyev noted that the countries selling weapons to Armenia should know that "it uses these weapons against civilians, against children".

The presidential aide also said that the missile strikes on Ganca are a military-political provocation of the Armenian leadership.

"We classify Armenia’s missile strike on Ganca as a terrorist attack, war crime, genocide against the Azerbaijani people. This is a military-political provocation of the Armenian leadership," the top official said.

According to him, the military purpose of this provocation is to intimidate the population of Azerbaijan and wreak havoc in society.

"The political goal is the expectation that Azerbaijan will strike back at facilities in Armenia, and thus Armenia will have a reason to involve third countries in the conflict," he said.

Hikmat Haciyev called on the OSCE Minsk Group and the world community to assess the shelling of Ganca.

"This is an act of vandalism, barbarism committed by Armenia, and another crime against the Azerbaijani people. All responsibility for this lies with the military-political leadership of Armenia. The territory of Azerbaijan is being shelled from the territory of Armenia. All this is a gross violation of international law," Haciyev said.

In the meantime, the Azerbaijani Air Force attacked the Armenian regiment and inflicted heavy losses on the Armenian army.

As a result of air strikes by the Azerbaijani Air Force against the 41st separate artillery regiment of the Armenian Armed Forces, the enemy suffered heavy losses, the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry said.

According to the military department, the enemy, who suffered a large number of casualties in manpower and military equipment, was forced to flee from the battle field.

In a similar vein, against the humanitarian truce, the Armenian armed forces are shelling the villages of Agdam, Tartar, Agcabadi and Fuzuli districts, the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry said on 11 October.

Amid the tense situation in the Karabakh front, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Ceyhun Bayramov in a telephone conversation with Russian co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Igor Popov on October 11 discussed the violation of the truce by Armenia despite the latter’s request and the insistence of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs – Russia, France and the USA.

The Azerbaijani minister informed Popov that even after the establishment of the cease-fire for humanitarian reasons, Armenia continued to deliberately fire on Azerbaijani civilians and civilian objects.

A few hours after the establishment of the humanitarian truce, the Armenian armed forces attempted to attack Hadrut and Cabrayil and the Armenian armed forces fired at an ambulance with the bodies of Armenian soldiers with a white flag on it, Bayramov added.

The Azerbaijani minister noted that the city of Ganca had come under rocket fire from the Armenian armed forces. The minister noted that as a result of the attack on Ganca, nine civilians were killed and 35 were injured, including minors.

Bayramov pointed out that all responsibility for the situation in the region rests with the political and military leadership of Armenia.

Igor Popov, Russian Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, expressed concern about the situation and stressed the need to comply with the terms of the Moscow agreement.

The Azerbaijani foreign minister also discussed the breach of the humanitarian truce with OSCE Minsk Group co-chair from France Stefan Visconti. As the press service of the Foreign Ministry said, Ceyhun Bayramov informed Visconti that Azerbaijani civilians and objects were deliberately fired upon by Armenia even after the humanitarian truce has come into force.

The minister stressed that the full responsibility for the situation in the region rests with the military-political leadership of Armenia. Stefan Visconti, French co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, expressed regret over the situation and stressed the importance of ensuring a cease-fire regime.

In the meantime, the Armenian propaganda machine denied the obvious truth, blaming Azerbaijan for bombing the separatist Karabakh.

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