Three-year-old loses whole family in missile attack on Azeri city

Khadija Shahnazarli’s mom and 16-month-old sister have been buried in the identical grave, subsequent to her father after a missile hit their dwelling in Ganja.

A mom and her 16-month-old daughter have been buried in the identical grave after a missile assault on the Azerbaijani metropolis of Ganza that killed no less than 13 civilians, as preventing intensifies over the disputed of Nagorno-Karabakh area.

Zuleykha Shahnazarova and her daughter Madina Shahnazarli have been killed in a single day on Saturday, together with the daddy of the household, Royal Shahnazarov.

The couple’s different daughter, three-year-old Khadija Shahnazarli, survived the assault and was being handled in a hospital within the close by metropolis of Barda.

Azerbaijan accused Armenia of being behind the missile assault on its second-largest metropolis, which additionally wounded dozens of sleeping folks and destroyed a row of houses.

Armenia denied the allegation and in flip accused Azerbaijan of continued shelling on Stepanakert, the principle metropolis of Nagorno-Karabakh. It stated the kind of missile it was accused of firing doesn’t have the vary to achieve Ganja.

Not less than 13 civilians have been killed within the assault on Ganja [Umit Bektas/Reuters]

A pointy escalation

In line with Hikmat Hajiyev, an assistant to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, “more than 20 houses were destroyed” within the assault.

Mushfiq Jafarov, a member of Parliament from Ganja, informed Al Jazeera two youngsters are amongst these killed.

“There are only civilians living here,” stated Jafarov.

The assault on Ganja, which has a inhabitants of greater than 300,000 folks, got here solely six days after a missile struck one other residential a part of the town, killing 10 civilians and leaving many on edge.

“Fortunately my family and I were not at home,” Sevil Aliyeva, a resident from Ganja, informed Al Jazeera. “My house is destroyed.”

Rescue staff are nonetheless looking by way of the rubble to search out survivors.

Aliyev promised to take “revenge”, whereas Turkey, an in depth ally of Azerbaijan, condemned the assault and referred to as it a “war crime”.

“Armenia still commits war crimes and massacres civilians,” stated Turkish International Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in a tweet. “Silence against this atrocity equals sharing responsibility of these murders.”

In an announcement, Armenia’s international ministry stated Azerbaijan’s “consistent attempts to extend geography of conflict, thus irreversibly undermining regional security should be condemned in the strongest terms. Any encroachment against the territorial integrity of the Republic of Armenia will receive an adequate response.”

Further reporting by Seymur Kazimov in Barda

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