The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan has issued a statement, Report informs:

On 28 October 2020, Armenian armed forces hit the Barda city of Azerbaijan with a Smerch multiple rocket launcher systems causing severe civilian casualties. As a result of the treacherous missile attack on Barda, 21 civilians, including children, were killed, and more than 70 people were seriously injured.

Targeting yet another time the residential area in the city situated far away from the conflict zone, which has no signs of military points, exposes the terrorist nature of Armenia.

The deliberate killing of a peaceful population in the city of Barda by the armed forces of Armenia constitutes an act of genocide, a war crime, and a crime against humanity.

It is a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law by Armenia. The leadership of Armenia, including the Prime Minister and Defence Minister of the country, bears full responsibility for this crime.

By attacking the Azerbaijani residential areas and civilians during the formally declared humanitarian ceasefire and on the eve of the Geneva meeting of the Foreign Ministers of both states with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, Armenia obviously aims to undermine the negotiations, increase the tensions, and involve the third states to the conflict.

Remaining silent about Armenia’s brutal acts and impunity for these crimes against the peaceful Azerbaijani population equals inciting perpetrators for further atrocities. The international community should take necessary steps to stop Armenia from violating international law, purposefully killing the civilians, and demand to withdraw its armed forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.