Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a humanitarian ceasefire from midnight, each nations mentioned on Saturday evening.
The transfer got here after Azerbaijan mentioned 13 civilians have been killed in an Armenian missile assault on its second-biggest metropolis, Ganja. The in a single day missile raid additionally wounded dozens of individuals of their sleep and destroyed a row of properties.
The Armenian defence ministry denied the declare and accused Baku of constant to shell populated areas inside Nagorno-Karabakh, together with Stepanakert, the area’s largest metropolis.
Listed below are the most recent updates on the Nagorno-Karabakh battle:
Saturday, October 17
19:31 GMT – Macron says Armenia-Azerbaijan truce have to be revered
French President Emmanuel Macron has welcomed Armenia and Azerbaijan’s settlement to a humanitarian ceasefire from midnight and careworn that it must be strictly revered by each events.
“This ceasefire have to be unconditional and strictly noticed by each events. France shall be very attentive to this and can stay dedicated in order that hostilities stop completely and that credible discussions can shortly start,” the president’s workplace mentioned in an announcement.
19:05 GMT – Armenia, Azerbaijan announce ‘humanitarian truce’
Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a humanitarian ceasefire from midnight, the overseas ministries of each nations mentioned in separate statements.
The brand new settlement was announce following telephone calls between Russian Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov and his counterparts. Lavrov strongly urged the nations to abide by a Moscow-brokered that frayed instantly after it took pressure.
The 2 sides commerce blame for breaching that deal.
“This choice was taken following the assertion of the presidents of the French Republic, the Russian Federation and the USA of America, representing the co-chair nations of the OSCE Minsk Group, of Oct. 1 2020, the Assertion by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group of Oct. 5, and consistent with the Moscow Assertion of Oct. 10,” Armenia’s overseas ministry mentioned in an announcement.
#Armenia & #Azerbaijan have agreed to humanitarian truce as of October 18th, 00h00 native time. This choice was taken following Oct1 assertion of Presidents of @OSCE MGCC nations #France, #Russia & #USA, Oct5 Assertion by MGCC Co-Chairs and in line w/ OCT10 #Moscow Assertion.
— Anna A. Naghdalyan (@naghdalyan) October 17, 2020
17:47 GMT – Turkic Council condemns Armenia’s assault on Azerbaijan
The Turkic Council mentioned on Twitter: “Bombing civilians is towards worldwide humanitarian regulation. The Turkic Council condemns Armenia’s new arbitrary assaults by ballistic missiles on Ganja & civilians.”
They urged Armenian forces to cease attacking civilians and withdraw their occupying forces from Azerbaijani lands.
Omer Kocaman, deputy secretary normal of Turkic Council, mentioned these assaults represent “battle crimes.”
17:01 GMT – Three-year-old loses entire household in Ganja missile assault
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 a minimum of 13 civilians, as combating 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.
14:02 GMT – Rescue operation nonetheless ongoing in Ganja
Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel Hamid, reporting from Baku, mentioned the Azeri officers have been saying a minimum of two missiles have hit Ganja in a single day.
“One hit the southwest entrance of town and the opposite one – a bit extra in direction of town centre the place essentially the most variety of the civilian casualties occurred,” she mentioned.
“The rescue operation continues to be ongoing because the physique of a minimum of one little one continues to be lacking.”
12:00 GMT – Azerbaijan says it’s advancing into Nagorno Karabakh
Azerbaijan’s defence ministry has claimed its troops have superior in varied instructions throughout the frontline within the disputed area of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Video shared by the ministry presupposed to exhibits air strikes on positions of Armenian forces.
In a televised handle, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev mentioned the city of Fizuli and several other different villages in Azerbaijan have been “liberated”, gaining a “strategic edge.”
Fizuli is likely one of the seven Azerbaijani areas exterior Nagorno-Karabakh that was seized by the Armenian forces through the battle within the early 1990s.
11:38 GMT – Armenia below ‘intense stress’ says Al Jazeera correspondent
Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith mentioned Armenia is below stress for dropping management of territories it thought to be the buffer zone between Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan.
“The overseas ministry of Armenia has launched a tweet and it says that constant makes an attempt by Azerbaijan to increase the geography of the battle, plus irreversibly undermining regional safety must be condemned within the strongest phrases,” Smith mentioned, talking from the Armenian city of Vorotan.
“And it is because the management of Armenia is below intense stress. It has misplaced management of some territory to Azerbaijan, territory that Armenian forces have managed because the 1994 ceasefire.”
“Armenia is accusing Azerbaijan of taking this territory militarily relatively than the negotiations over which each side agreed to participate in.”
09:30 GMT – Turkey calls assault on Azerbaijani metropolis by Armenia ‘battle crime’
Armenia is committing a “battle crime” and have to be held liable for its “atrocity,” Turkish Overseas Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter.
Armenia nonetheless commits battle crimes&massacres civilians. Kills harmless individuals incl. kids.Silence towards this atrocity equals sharing accountability of those murders.Those that don’t have any humanity shall be held accountable for his or her crimes.Will at all times stand by brotherly #Azerbaijan.
— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) October 17, 2020
Hikmat Hajiyev, a overseas coverage aide to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, mentioned his nation needs a ceasefire.
“We assist a humanitarian ceasefire, however Armenia isn’t giving it an opportunity … they hold focusing on residential areas,” Hajiyev mentioned in a web based briefing with journalists.
09:00 GMT – Azerbaijan president vows ‘revenge’ after shelling on Ganja
Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev vowed to strike again towards Armenia after shelling on his nation’s second largest metropolis Ganja.
Aliyev mentioned Azerbaijan’s military would retaliate towards Armenia and “take revenge on the battlefield,” in televised remarks hours after the shelling on a residential space in Ganja flattened rows of homes.
08:35 GMT – Ganja official says dying toll is 13, together with two kids
Mushfiq Jafarov, a member of parliament from Ganja, instructed Al Jazeera stringer Seymur Kazimov that the dying toll from the assault on Ganja now stands at 13.
“There are solely civilians residing right here,” he mentioned, including that two little kids have been amongst these killed.
Jafarov mentioned two websites have been focused, with a distance of 5km between them.
“Greater than 40 are wounded,” he mentioned.
08:20 GMT -Civilians in Ganja decry Armenian assault on their properties
The assault on Ganja, which has a inhabitants of greater than 300,00zero individuals, got here solely six days after a missile struck one other residential a part of town, killing 10 civilians and leaving many on edge.
“Fortuitously my household and I weren’t at dwelling,” Sevil Aliyeva instructed Al Jazeera stringer Seymur Kazimov. “My home is absolutely destroyed. I do consider the Azerbaijani military will take our revenge from Armenian forces.”
“We have been sleeping. The children have been watching TV,” Rubaba Zhafarova, 65, mentioned in entrance of her destroyed dwelling.
“All the homes round listed below are destroyed. Many individuals are below the rubble. Some are useless, some are wounded.”
08:00 GMT – Erdogan tells Trudeau suspension of drone exports is towards alliance spirit
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan instructed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau throughout a telephone name that Canada’s suspension of the export of some drone expertise was not consistent with the spirit of alliance, Erdogan’s workplace mentioned.
Canada suspended the export of some drone expertise to Turkey earlier this month because it probes allegations the tools was utilized by Azeri forces concerned in combating with Armenia.
Turkey and Canada are each members of NATO.
Following Canada’s announcement, Turkey’s Overseas Ministry had mentioned the suspension confirmed a double customary.
Turkey’s army exports to its ally Azerbaijan have risen six-fold this yr, with gross sales of drones and different army tools rising to $77m final month alone earlier than combating broke out over the Nagorno-Karabakh area, based on exports information.
07:00 GMT – Azeri human rights official accuses Armenia of ‘frightening’ Azerbaijan
Ahmad Shahidov, the pinnacle of Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, instructed Al Jazeera his nation was being provoked by Armenia to reply to army assaults.
“Azerbaijan liberated a number of areas from below Armenian occupation. That’s why the Armenian military moved again to Armenia and fired from its territory to impress Azerbaijan to destroy these fireplace factors,” he mentioned.
Worldwide regulation calls for the withdrawal of the exterior troops from Nagorno-Karabakh, he added.
“There are 4 UN safety council resolutions that instantly demand the withdrawal of exterior troops from Nagorno-Karabakh and the encompassing area.
06:45 GMT – Scud missile fired on Ganja, Al Jazeera correspondent says
The in a single day assault on Ganja was brought on by a Scud missile, mentioned Al Jazeera’s Sinem Koseoglu.
“What now we have been listening to from [Azeri] officers is that this can be a Scud missile that was fired from Armenian territory,” she mentioned, talking from the capital Baku.
Koseoglu mentioned the overall prosecutor of Azerbaijan and the minister of state of emergency are within the space attempting to know the affect of this explosion, and to listen to from the locals who witnessed the assault.
It’s not an earthquake.
It’s #GanjaCity the place Armenian military indiscriminately bombing town.
Greater than 20 buildings flattened, casualties unknown.#ArmeniaKillsCivilians
— Hakan Copur (@hakancopur1) October 16, 2020
“Individuals say there are nonetheless civilians below the rubble, and that the affect of this explosion brought on by the Scud missile is massive,” she mentioned.
Scud missiles are a sequence of tactical ballistic missiles developed by the Soviet Union through the Chilly Conflict period.
05:55 GMT: Azerbaijan says 12 civilians killed, 40 wounded in Ganja by Armenia shelling
Azerbaijan mentioned 12 civilians have been killed and greater than 40 have been wounded within the metropolis of Ganja on account of shelling by Armenia.
The Azeri Prosecutor Normal’s workplace mentioned that two shells hit condo buildings within the nation’s second-largest metropolis.
There was no official response from Armenia as but.