The armed forces of Armenia have continued to target the civilian population, private houses and other civilian infrastructure in residential areas along the line of contact in a gross violation of its obligations under international humanitarian law, including the 1949 Geneva Conventions.
Civilian facilities, such as hospitals, medical centers, school buildings, kindergartens as well as graveyards have been subjected to indiscriminate shelling of armed forces of Armenia, including from artillery and other large-caliber weaponry.
According to Azerbajianis sources, as of 07 October, totally 28 civilians, including children and elderly have been killed, 144 civilians have been hospitalized with various injuries as a consequence of heavy artillery shelling. More than 427 houses and 66 civilian facilities have been destroyed as a result of armed attack. Vehicles belonging to civilians became unserviceable, and numerous small and large horned animals and haystacks were destroyed as well.
The Armenian armed forces, using missiles and large-caliber artillery systems, have been deliberately targeting Yevlakh, Goranboy, Beylagan Tartar, Barda, Aghdam, Aghjabadi, Fuzuli and Jabrayil districts of Azerbaijan. As a result of bombarding Tartar region, Mammadov Hasan Asif, born in 1981, a resident of Gaynag village, was killed. Aliyev Dayanat Ganimat, born in 1989, a resident of the same village, and Hasanov Seyfulla Yagub, born in 1968, a resident of Kocharli village, were hospitalized with various injuries, Azerbaijan sources claimed.
Weapons used by Armenia
Since 27 September 2020, the Armed Forces of Armenia has been using weapons stationed in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan against civil infrastructure objects – hospitats, medical centers, school buildings, kindergartens, administrative buildings of public agencies, Azerbaijanis sources said.
According to the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Azerbaijan, some of these weapons listed below were destroyed during 27 September to 02 October 2020 period:
up to 230 tanks and other armored vehicles; 250 artillery pieces, multiple launch rocket systems and mortars; 38 Air Defense means; 10 command-control and command-observation posts; 7 ammunition depots; more than 130 vehicles; 1 anti-aircraft missile system.
Threat to Historical places in occupied territory
Hundreds of cultural institutions, including 22 museums and museum branches are under threat after the ongoing war. According to Dr Shirin Melikova, Chairperson of Azerbaijan National Committee of International Council of Museum, 22 museum with over 1,00,000 artefacts, 4 art galleries, 4 theatres, 2 concert venues, 8 cultural and entertainment parks, more than 700 historical and cultural monuments, including Khodaafarin bridges with 11 and 15 arches in Jabrail district (7th-12th centuries), the Ganjasar and Khudavand temples in Kalbajar (13th century), a mausoleum in Khachyn Turbatli village of Aghdam (14th century), Azykh cave in Fuzuli, one of the world’s oldest settlements, and Shusha State Architectural Reserve, along with residential, educational, industrial and agricultural facilities in the territories occupied as a result of Armenia’s vandalism and aggression against Azerbaijan have been either destroyed or damaged. Vandalism, destruction, and appropriation of Azerbaijani historical and architectural complexes on the occupied territories continue today, she said in a press statement. Currently, Azerbaijan responds to Armenian army attacks with a successful counter-offensive operation to put an end to the injustice, to the 30-year-long occupation.
Inputs from the open sources of Ministry of Defence, Republic of Azerbaijan.