Turkey accuses Armenia of committing war crimes in Azerbaijan as EU calls for containment


The Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, on Saturday accused Armenia of perpetrating a war crime by bombing, in the middle of a ceasefire, the Azeri city of Ganyá, the second largest in the country, in an incident in which the The Armenian government has categorically denied any responsibility.

“Armenia continues to commit war crimes by killing civilians, including children. Keeping silent in the face of these atrocities is the same as being an accessory to these murders. The inhumans will be held accountable for their crimes. We are always at the side of brother Azerbaijan,” the minister said on his Twitter account.

Hours before, the Azeri government denounced an Armenian rocket bombardment against the city, which according to the latest official data would have left 13 dead and 52 wounded.

The attack has been condemned by the European Union. “We deplore the attacks against the Azerbaijani city of Ganyá that have resulted in the loss of civilian lives and serious injuries. All parties must cease their attacks against civilians and facilities of the same nature,” according to a press release sent this Saturday by the EU External Action Service.

Likewise, Brussels calls on the parties “to fully and without delay respect the ceasefire” between both sides on October 10 to break the escalation of violence over the disputed pro-Armenian enclave of Nagorno Karabakh.

For its part, the Armenian Foreign Ministry denounced on Twitter that at least three civilians had been injured, one seriously, in a bombing in the Sosh community.

Along the same lines, the country’s Defense Ministry has assured that although the conflict zone remained “relatively stable, but tense” overnight, the Azeri forces have resumed bombardments during the morning.

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