L’Azerbaijan denounces the “military aggression” of Armenia and calls on Italy not to remain indifferent to “the war crimes committed against the Azerbaijani civilian population”. The situation in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh it is somewhat tense. The latest reports speak of at least 13 people killed following a missile attack in the Azerbaijani city of Ganja by the Armenians.
The attack was denounced by Hikmet Hajiyev, Azerbaijani presidential adviser, on Twitter. Another missile attack, which took place at the same time, hit the city of Mingachevir, where the dam and hydroelectric power plant is located, which represents one of the most important strategic infrastructures in the country.
The attacks took place only a few hours after the reporting of new clashes between the armed forces of Azerbaijan and Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh: these are the first acts that mark a new escalation of the conflict, after a few days in which the clashes – despite a ceasefire in force – had assumed a smaller entity. The president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, called the Armenian attack a “war crime”. Baku “will respond” and “will do so on the battlefield,” Aliyev then warned in a televised address to the nation.
A “war crime”Regarding what happened in Ganja, the second largest city in Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani ambassador to Italy, Mammad Ahmadzada, sent a message to his Italian counterpart: “The government, members of parliament, political parties, the public and the media of Italy should not be indifferent to Armenia’s military aggression against Azerbaijan and war crimes committed against the civilian population “.
From 27 September until today, added Ahmadzada, the missiles launched by Armenia on the civilian settlements of Azerbaijan have taken the life of 60 civilians, while 270 civilians were injured. At this point Ahmadzada’s words become even more harsh: “It is necessary to finally understand that this conflict has nothing to do with religion. To finally understand that Armenia does not want peace. Understand that Armenia wants to continue the military occupation of the territories of Azerbaijan “. If the Armenians want peace, the ambassador concluded, the Armenian nation must withdraw its armed forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
Baku: “Armenia has violated international law”Even the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan commented on the bombing of the city of Ganja. And it did so with a statement denouncing the armed forces of Armenia, responsible for causing 13 victims, including 2 minors, and more than 55 injured.
“Armenia’s deliberate and indiscriminate targeting against civilians in blatant violation of the rules and principles of the international law, including international humanitarian law, as well as the declared humanitarian ceasefire, the intentional killing of peaceful people, constitutes a war crime and a crime against humanity and the leadership of Armenia bears full responsibility for this crime ” , reads the note.
Azerbaijan has asked Armenia to stop “the cruel attacks on civilians” and urged the international community not to close its eyes “to these inhuman acts”. “We condemn Armenia’s ferocious attacks on Azerbaijani civilians in the harshest way and urge this aggressor state to end its war crimes,” Baku added.