By Ayya Lmahamad
In continuation of their acts to violate international humanitarian law during the 44-day war last year, on October 28, 2020, Armenian troops launched another missile attack on the busy area of Azerbaijan's Barda city, located far from the war zone.
At about 13:00 (GMT +4) on October 28, 2020, the Armenian armed forces fired two 300-mm 9M525 type missiles with a 9N235 cluster warhead containing 72 fragmentation combat elements (totally 144) from the Smerch multiple-launch missile system on Barda's busy area.
As a result, 21 people, including five women, were killed, and 70 people, including eight children and 15 women, received injuries of varying severity.
The Armenian armed forces launched missile attacks on Barda on October 5, 8, 27, and 28, 2020.
At about 12:30 (GMT +4) on October 5, 2020, heavy artillery fire was fired at a house on Tabriz Street in Barda by the Armenian armed forces. One of the fired missiles hit the house of a resident in the region's center. Subsequently, the house caught fire and became completely unusable.
Seven people were injured in the intensive artillery shelling of Barda region from 10:00 (GMT +4) on October 8. Two people were hospitalized with various injuries after a missile hit a restaurant in Barda's center. At the same time, missiles hit nearby secondary school No 5 in the region, injuring five more people. The school building and numerous vehicles were severely damaged.
On October 27, Armenian armed forces launched a missile attack from the Smerch multiple rocket launcher. As a result, five civilians, including a child, were killed and 13 civilians, including children and women, were seriously wounded. It should be noted that Barda was attacked after the U.S-mediated humanitarian truce became effective at 08:00 (GMT +4) on October 26.
As a result of Armenia's military aggression, 100 Azerbaijani civilians were killed, including 12 children and 27 women. As many as 454 people were injured, including 35 children. Some 181 children lost one parent, five children lost both parents, one family died. In total, 12,292 residential and non-residential buildings and 288 vehicles were damaged.
A criminal case has been initiated into the death of every civilian in Azerbaijan caused by the Armenian terror, and appeals have been sent to international courts and organizations.
A Moscow-brokered ceasefire deal that Baku and Yerevan signed on November 10, 2020, brought an end to six weeks of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani army declared a victory against the Armenian troops. The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since the early 1990s.
The peace agreement stipulated the return of Azerbaijan's Armenian-occupied Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin regions and urged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since the early 1990s. Before the signing of the deal, the Azerbaijani army had liberated around 300 villages, settlements, city centers, and historic Shusha city.
Ayya Lmahamad is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @AyyaLmahamad
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