Homes Destroyed by Shelling During Failed Azerbaijan and Armenia Ceasefire

Buildings were destroyed in the Afatli and Garadaghli villages of Azerbaijan’s Aghdam district and in Khojavend, also known as Martuni, in Nagorno-Karabakh on October 18 after a ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia was broken, reports said.

News reports said both Azerbaijan and Armenia accused each other of breaking the ceasefire “within minutes” of its official start on Sunday.

Two days previous, on October 17, at least 13 people were reportedly killed and over 50 injured after a missile struck a residential area of Ganja, Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev blamed Armenian forces fighting the Azerbaijani military for control of Nagorno-Karabakh and promised revenge. According to the Associated Press, the Armenian Defense Ministry denied carrying out the attack, though allied separatist officials in Nagorno-Karabakh did not issue such a denial.

Footage filmed by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on October 19 shows damaged and destroyed buildings within areas controlled by both Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Local residents of Martuni, known as Khojavend in Azerbaijan, said the shelling is continuous. “They pound the town every day, every hour,” one man said. Credit: Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty via Storyful