By Aisha Jabbarova
The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry has said that Armenia’s cruel attacks on civilians must be stopped and the international community should not turn a blind eye to war crimes committed by Yerevan.
The ministry made the remarks in a statement issued on September 17 following the overnight missile attack that killed 13 civilians and injured 52 others.
This was third in a row atrocious attack on the second biggest city of Azerbaijan, since escalation of tension on September 27, the ministry reminded.
The ministry stressed that Armenia’s deliberate and indiscriminate targeting of civilians, in a blatant violation of norms and principles of international law, the purposeful killing of peaceful people constitute a war crime and a crime against humanity. The leadership of Armenia bears full responsibility for this crime.
“The political-military leadership of Armenia, using terror as the state policy, bear responsibility for giving an order on the rocket shelling the peaceful population. The Republic of Azerbaijan declares that based on the national and international law mechanisms the perpetrators of this crime will be brought to justice,” the ministry concluded.
Armenia has launched missile attacks targeting civilian settlements across Azerbaijan, shortly after it resumed attacks near occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region on September 27.
Sixty Azerbaijani civilians have been killed in Armenian attacks so far.