Twelve civilians were killed, including two children, and more than 40 others injured, after the Armenian army struck Azerbaijan’s second-largest city, Ganja, with missile attacks, the General Prosecutors of Azerbaijan said Saturday.
Civilians are continued to be saved from the debris of destruction by emergency services,” Hikmet Hajiyev, assistant to the Azerbaijani president, said on Twitter.
“Treacherous and cruel missile attack of Armenia against civilians in Ganja is sign of weakness and desperation of Armenia’s political-military leadership in the face of its defeat on battleground,” Hajiyev said, adding it is a “deliberate and indiscriminate missile attack against civilians.”
Nagorno-Karabakh – key facts
- A mountainous region of about 4,400 sq km (1,700 sq miles)
- Internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan
- An estimated one million people displaced by war in 1988-1994, and about 30,000 killed
- Separatist Armenian forces captured some extra territory around the enclave in Azerbaijan in the 1990s war
- Russia has military bases in Armenia