Mon, 30 Nov 2020

A missile hit a residential area in Azerbaijan's second-largest city, killing 13 people and injuring more than 50, one of the deadliest killings of civilians to date as fighting over nearby Nagorno-Karabakh continues to rage.

The strike early on October 17 in Ganca, about 100 kilometers north of the disputed mountainous territory, occurred at around the same time that another missile hit Mingacevir, a city east of Ganca and home to a large hydroelectric dam.

There was no word on damage or casualties in Mingacevir.

It was also unclear where the missile was fired from; Ganca is also about 100 kilometers east of the border with Armenia proper.

A missile fired directly from Armenian territory onto an Azerbaijani city would be a major escalation of the conflict, now in its third week.

Earlier this week, Azerbaijan said it had fired missiles at a missile-defense system in Armenian territory.

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