Teimur Askerov standing next to the photos of his perished relatives. October 22, 2020. Photo by Aziz Karimov for the "Caucasian Knot"

23 October 2020, 19:01

Ganja residents mourn those killed by missile attacks

Every day, townspeople bring flowers and children's toys to the houses destroyed by shelling in Ganja and mourn for the perished civilians. Human rights defenders have called on the parties in conflict to stop shelling dwelling settlements.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on October 17, 13 civilians were killed and 52 others were wounded during a missile attack on the city of Ganja. Yerevan denied the accusations of shelling.

Teimur Askerov, a city resident, said that during shelling he had lost his father, brother, sister and two nieces.

"People cannot understand the idea of striking a sleeping city located 60 kilometres from the frontline," he has stated.

Sevindj Agaeva, whose daughter, son-in-law and young daughter died under the collapsed house, is shocked with grief.

Sevindj Guseinova has lost her house. "I don't regret either the house or the property ... I grieve for the dead neighbours and children, as well as for the children who have lost their parents," she said.

On October 22, Israeli Ambassador to Azerbaijan George Dick visited one of the shelled sites in Ganja and stated the inadmissibility of attacks on civilians, the "Report.az" writes.

Rasul Djafarov, a human rights defender, believes that shelling of non-military targets violates the international humanitarian law. According to his story, the Baku Human Rights Club has offered free legal assistance to the victims willing to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) against the actions of the Armenian party.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on October 23, 2020 at 03:57 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Faik Medjid; Source: CK correspondent

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