By Aisha Jabbarova
Heads of diplomatic missions in Azerbaijan, ambassadors, military attaches, and heads of representations of international organizations in Azerbaijan visited Ganja on October 12 following deadly Armenian missile attack on the city.
Nine civilians were killed and 37 others - among them four children - were injured as Armenia launched a missile attack in Azerbaijan’s second largest city Ganja that is far from the conflict zone. The attack was made on October 11, at 2 AM, less than 24 hours after the Russian negotiated humanitarian truce entered force.
The attacks on densely populated areas with “Tochka-U”, “Smerch”, “Scud” and other missiles is aimed at killing a large number of people. The missile attack to Ganja, the city located far from the line of contact, was launched from Vardenis region of Armenia.
The diplomats were accompanied by Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev.
The visit aimed to acquaint the diplomats with Armenia's reckless missile attacks against civilians and energy infrastructure.
The diplomats were also informed that these actions by Armenia contradict the agreement on humanitarian ceasefire reached in Moscow. Although Azerbaijan complied with the humanitarian truce, Armenia has committed acts of vandalism against the civilian population. It was emphasized that international organizations must exert political pressure on Armenia, which commits war crimes and targets civilians.
Forty-one Azerbaijani civilians have been killed in Armenian attacks on densely-populated areas so far.
The diplomats will also visit the Mingachevir city that houses the country’s Hydroelectric Power Station and has come under Armenian missile attacks several times since September 27.
It should be noted that since the truce on October 10, Armenian forces have also been shelling Azerbaijan’s civilian areas in Goranboy, Tartar, Aghdam and Aghjabadi districts. Azerbaijan has destroyed three Armenian UAVs since October 11 – one near Mingachevir Hydro Power Plant, two near Aghdam and Tovuz regions.
Armenian armed forces have also opened fire at a sanitary medical vehicle, clearly marked with a white flag, that was collecting the bodies of Armenian soldiers in the area of Sugovushan. A medical worker was seriously injured as a result of the attack.
Armenian armed forces launched a large-scale operation in the front-line zone on September 27 at 6 am, shelling the positions of the Azerbaijani army from large-calibre weapons, mortars, and artillery installations of various calibres.
Azerbaijan has responded by liberating a number of villages, Jabrayil city and Hadrut town as well as important strategic heights.
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