Baku, Oct 17 (EFE) .- At least 12 people died and more than 40 were injured last night in an Armenian attack with ballistic rockets against Ganja, the second city of Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani Attorney General’s Office reported today.
The advisor to the Azerbaijani Presidency for international affairs Hikmet Hajiyev denounced that the attack, carried out from the territory of Armenia, used tactical ballistic rockets “Elbrus”, known in the West as “Scud”.
“The launching of these rockets at densely populated towns shows the immoral and schizophrenic mentality of the political-military leadership of Armenia,” Hajiyev wrote on Twitter.
He stressed that the city of Ganja is far removed from the conflict zone, so that the attack, which he described as a “war crime”, did not respond to any military need.
Hajiyev added that the Azerbaijani air defense intercepted several rockets that were targeting Mingachevir, the country’s fourth largest city.
According to the Azerbaijani authorities, two rockets hit a residential neighborhood in Ganja, completely destroying five houses and damaging another 15.
Despite the fact that Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed a week ago today, with the mediation of Russia, on a humanitarian ceasefire, military actions in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone have not stopped for a single day.
On September 27 in Nagorno Karabakh, a war was resumed that in three weeks has caused hundreds of deaths, between civilians and the military.
The Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict dates back to the times of the Soviet Union, when in the late 1980s the Azerbaijani territory of Nagorno Karabakh, populated mainly by Armenians, requested their incorporation into neighboring Armenia, after which a war broke out which caused some 25,000 deaths.
At the end of the fighting, which lasted until 1994, the Armenian forces took control of Nagorno Karabakh and also occupied vast Azerbaijani territories, which they call a “security strip”, to unite it with Armenia.
Azerbaijan maintains that the solution to the conflict with Armenia necessarily involves the liberation of the occupied territories, a demand that has been supported by various resolutions of the UN Security Council.
For its part, Armenia supports the right to self-determination of Nagorno Karabakh and advocates the participation of representatives of the separatist territory in the negotiations on the settlement of the conflict.
(c) EFE Agency