Khadija Shahnazarli’s mom and 16-month-old sister have been buried in the identical grave, subsequent to her father after a missile hit their dwelling in Ganja.

A mom and her 16-month-old daughter have been buried in the identical grave after a missile assault on the Azerbaijani metropolis of Ganja that killed at the least 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.

Azerbaijan accused Armenia of being behind the missile assault on its second-largest metropolis, which additionally wounded dozens of sleeping individuals and destroyed a row of properties.

Armenia denied the allegation and in flip accused Azerbaijan of continued shelling on Stepanakert, the primary metropolis of Nagorno-Karabakh. It stated the kind of missile it was accused of firing doesn’t have the vary to achieve Ganja.

A minimum of 13 civilians have been killed within the assault on Ganja [Umit Bektas/Reuters]

A pointy escalation

Based on Hikmat Hajiyev, an assistant to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, “greater than 20 homes have been destroyed” within the assault.

Mushfiq Jafarov, a member of Parliament from Ganja, advised Al Jazeera two youngsters are amongst these killed.

“There are solely civilians dwelling right here,” stated Jafarov.

The assault on Ganja, which has a inhabitants of greater than 300,000 individuals, got here solely six days after a missile struck one other residential a part of the town, killing 10 civilians and leaving many on edge.

“Happily my household and I weren’t at dwelling,” Sevil Aliyeva, a resident from Ganja, advised Al Jazeera. “My home is destroyed.”

Rescue staff are nonetheless looking out via the rubble to search out survivors.

Aliyev promised to take “revenge”, whereas Turkey, a detailed ally of Azerbaijan, condemned the assault and known as it a “struggle crime”.

“Armenia nonetheless commits struggle crimes and massacres civilians,” stated Turkish International Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in a tweet. “Silence in opposition to this atrocity equals sharing accountability of those murders.”

In an announcement, Armenia’s international ministry stated Azerbaijan’s “constant makes an attempt to increase geography of battle, thus irreversibly undermining regional safety ought to be condemned within the strongest phrases. Any encroachment in opposition to the territorial integrity of the Republic of Armenia will obtain an sufficient response.”

Extra reporting by Seymur Kazimov in Barda


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