Nagorno-Karabakh chief Arayik Harutyunyan mentioned on Twitter that “mil objects in giant cities of Azerbaijan are the goal of the Protection Military of #Artsakh. Calling on Azerbaijani inhabitants to depart these cities to keep away from inevitable loss.” Artsakh is the Armenian title of Nagorno Karabakh.

“At present firing stopped upon my command to keep away from loss amongst #civilians. Failing Azerbaijani military-political management to attract applicable classes, our commensurate response will pursue. Decided as by no means. #Azerbaijan can nonetheless cease its aggression,” he wrote.

Lengthy-simmering tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan have flared up lately within the contested Nagorno-Karabakh area, with either side accusing one another of attacking civilians amid reviews of casualties.
A view shows a building material store recent shelling in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh.
In this image, distributed by the Armenian government, a building burns after recent shelling during the ongoing fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, in the city of Stepanakert early on October 4.In this image, distributed by the Armenian government, a building burns after recent shelling during the ongoing fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, in the city of Stepanakert early on October 4.
A policeman stands in front of a building damaged by shellfire.A policeman stands in front of a building damaged by shellfire.

Populated and managed by ethnic Armenians, Nagorno-Karabakh sits inside Azerbaijani territory. Its declare to independence is supported by Armenia, to which it’s linked by two highways. Nagorno-Karabakh additionally exerts management over a handful of adjoining territories internationally acknowledged as belonging to Azerbaijan.

The neighboring international locations have lengthy been at odds over the mountainous territory, and fought a conflict over it that resulted in 1994. Though the battle completed with a Russian-brokered cease-fire, navy skirmishes between the 2 sides are usually not unusual.

Azerbaijan on Sunday mentioned its closely populated metropolis of Ganja and a number of other districts close to Nagorno-Karabakh had been struck by missile fireplace from Armenia.

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“Indiscriminate Missile assaults are launched in opposition to Ganja, Füzuli, Tartar and Jabrayil cities of Azerbaijan from territory of Armenia. Ganja is the second largest metropolis of Azerbaijan. 500.000+ inhabitants,” Hikmet Hajiyev, a prime international coverage aide to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, tweeted.

Hajiyev additionally tweeted video of broken buildings and automobiles with smoke rising within the sky and folks gathered within the streets saying the footage was the “outcomes of Armenia’s huge missile assaults in opposition to dense residential areas in Ganja metropolis. Azerbaijan retains its proper to take enough measures in opposition to reputable navy targets to defend civilians and implement Armenia to peace…”

Armenia’s Protection Ministry has denied firing at Azerbaijan.

“The Ministry of Protection of the Republic of #Armenia formally declares that no fireplace of any form is being opened from the territory of Armenia within the #Azerbaijan’s route,” Shushan Stepanyan, the press secretary for Armenia’s Protection Minister mentioned on Twitter on Sunday.

Aren Melikyan and Arzu Geybullaeva contributed reporting.