Azerbaijan: Search and rescue efforts underway after shelling in Ganja

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Mandatory credit: APA TV

Search and rescue efforts were underway in the Azerbaijani city of Ganja that had been shelled in the early morning of Saturday.

Rescue workers were seen clearing the rubble looking for survivors.

According to the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Azerbaijan, it was a missile-armed attack of the Armenian Forces.

According to the Azerbaijani officials, the attack led to massive destruction, at least 52 people were injured and 13 killed. Foreign Policy Affairs of Azerbaijan Hikmet Hajiyev said that about 20 buildings had been destroyed.

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev called the shelling a “crime” and promised retaliatory actions.

Armenian Ministry of Defence denied all the accusations.

Fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia continues despite the two sides agreeing on a Russia-brokered ceasefire.

Clashes between the two countries over the Nagorno-Karabakh region broke out on September 27. Several hundred deaths have been reported in the heaviest fighting since 1994, with both sides blaming each other for the escalation and an increasing number of casualties.

The Nagorno-Karabakh region is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but has an independent government led by a majority group of ethnic Armenians.

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