At least five civilians were killed and a further 35 injured in rocket fire in the city of Ganja in the early hours of Saturday morning, October 17. This was stated by the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan, TASS reports.
"The armed forces of Armenia once again fired at the city of Ganja," the message reads.
Multiple homes were also destroyed in the rocket fire. Reports indicate that emergency response operations are ongoing as further casualties are feared.
Reports also indicate that the city of Mingacevir was targeted with rocket fire, although details are unconfirmed.
Further attacks are to be anticipated in Ganja in the near term. Clashes in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh region are highly likely over the near term. Clashes along the length of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border outside the Nagorno-Karabakh region cannot be ruled out.
As we reported, the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, during consultations in Moscow, with the mediation of the Russian Foreign Ministry, reached an agreement on a temporary ceasefire in the conflict in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Nevertheless, clashes continue.
On September 27, the Azerbaijani side fired at settlements, as well as military units in Karabakh. Then the motorized rifle and tank subdivisions of the Azerbaijani army went on the offensive in the northern, southern, and southeastern directions. The Armenian government has declared martial law in the country.
On the same day, the Republic of Armenia applied to the European Court of Human Rights with a request to apply an interim measure in accordance with Rule 39 of the Rules of the Court in order to stop military attacks on civilian settlements along the line of contact between the armed forces of Armenia and Artsakh.
On September 30, it was reported that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in response to a request from Armenia, approved measures by which it ordered Azerbaijan and Armenia to refrain from hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh.