The second largest city in Azerbaijan came under rocket fire. Authorities report 13 dead and 52 injured

On the night of October 17, several loud explosions were heard in Ganja, the second largest city in Azerbaijan, a Kommersant correspondent reported from the scene.

The prosecutor’s office of Azerbaijan reported that a missile strike was launched on the city. According  to the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Azerbaijan, at the moment 13 dead and 52 wounded have been removed from the rubble.Consequences of the shelling of Ganja

Aide to the President of Azerbaijan Hikmet Hajiyev said that more than 20 houses were destroyed in Ganja. According to him, the city of Mingachevir was also shelled. The missiles aimed at it intercepted the air defense of Azerbaijan, writes the local version of Sputnik.

Hajiyev blamed Armenia for the attacks. The Armenian Defense Ministry stated that it had nothing to do with them. The Armenian Foreign Ministry, in turn, reported on the strikes of Azerbaijani drones on military facilities in the south of the country.

Ganja and Mingachevir are located 50 kilometers from the nearest Armenian positions. After the aggravation of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, they were already subjected to shelling. Last time, on October 11 as a result of falling rockets in Ganja, according to authorities, killing nine people and wounding 34.

In turn, Armenia regularly reports on the shelling of Stepanakert and  other settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh. The number of civilians killed in the region has exceeded 30 people.

The military conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh resumed on 27 September. The parties launched full-scale hostilities. On October 10, a ceasefire agreement entered into force, but Baku and Yerevan have repeatedly accused each other of violating the ceasefire.

(C)MEDUZA 2020

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