Highlights:

  • In an early hour missile attack, twelve civilians have been killed, leaving 40 more people wounded in Ganja, Azerbaijan.
  • The attack came just a few hours after Azerbaijani forces shelled the ethnic Armenian separatist region capital, Stepanakert.
  • People ran out of their houses in shock and tears.
  • The Defence Ministry of Armenian denied the allegations of the attack and said Baku was shelling populated areas inside Nagorno-Karabakh

In an early hour missile attack, twelve civilians have been killed leaving 40 more people wounded in Ganja, Azerbaijan, said the Azerbaijani prosecutor-general officer. A missile raid leveled a row of homes in the second biggest city of Azerbaijan, killing and injuring people in their sleep due to the sharp escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The attack came just after Azerbaijani forces shelled the ethnic Armenian separatist region capital, Stepanakert. The increase in violence erodes international efforts to calm a resurgence of the fight between Christian Armenians and Muslim Azerbaijani. Reports in Ganja witnessed houses turned to rubble by shelling and a rescue team removing black bags containing body parts. In the surrounding street, the strike shattered walls and ripped roofs off buildings. People ran out of their houses in shock and tears.

The fighting is the worst in the region since Azerbaijani and Armenian went to war in the 1990s. On Saturday morning, a reporter from Reuters saw rescuers working on the scene. The prosecutor’s office said that missiles were also targeted on the city of Mingechevir by Armenian’s but the Azeri air defense system downed them. The defence Ministry of Armenia denied the allegations of the attack and said Baku was shelling populated areas inside Nagorno-Karabakh. 

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