Several killed in rocket attacks in Azerbaijan – VG

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Rescue workers at the site of the rocket attack in Ganja on Saturday night. Photo: UMIT BEKTAS / REUTERS

A rocket attack has leveled several homes in the city of Ganja in Azerbaijan. The country’s authorities believe Armenia is behind it, and say that at least ten civilians have died.

Hikmet Hajijev, Foreign Policy Adviser to the President of Azerbaijan, writes on Twitter that over ten civilians were killed and that another 40 were injured.

According to the adviser, more than 20 homes have been destroyed.

Ten civilians were killed when another residential area in Ganja was hit by a similar attack last Saturday.

A resident told the AFP news agency that he saw seven people being taken out of the ruins after the attack. It is unclear what their state of health is. Dozens are looking for survivors at the site.

Background: Therefore, there was war in Nagarno-Karabakh

Attack in Nagorno-Karabakh

The attack took place Saturday night local time, just hours after an attack was reported in Stepanakert, the main town in the breakaway republic of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Artak Beglaryan, who is described by the AP news agency as the human rights ombudsman in the breakaway republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, reports early Saturday morning on Twitter that Azerbaijan should be launching new attacks in the city.

Azerbaijani authorities say the rocket was fired from Armenian territory, writes the Russian news agency TASS.

Ganja is the second largest city in Azerbaijan. Officials say that an industrial area in the city was also hit by a rocket on Friday, but so far few details are known about a possible second attack.

Brutal war

Nagorno-Karabakh has been controlled by Armenian separatists since a ceasefire in 1994. The escalation of the conflict since September is the deadliest and longest since the war.

Both sides in the conflict accuse each other of having attacked civilian targets and of having started the fighting. Hundreds have been reported killed, many of them civilians.

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