Military and strategic expert, Major General Mamoun Abu Nawar said that the bombing by Armenia of residential areas in the Azerbaijani city of Ganja with a ballistic missile is a war crime.
Abu Nawar considered – in an interview for (10/17/2020) of the “Beyond the News” program – that Armenia is Russia’s arm in the region, adding that it wants to use the “Christian card” in the conflict.
The President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, had vowed to respond in the field to what he said was the Armenian bombing of the city of Ganja in Azerbaijan, killing and wounding dozens, stressing that his country’s forces had already managed to liberate the city of Fizuli in the Karabakh region from the Armenian forces.
Yerevan denied its connection with the bombing, and accused Baku of targeting Armenian military sites and field. This comes in the context of raging battles in Karabakh, after the ceasefire collapsed.
For his part, political analyst and editor-in-chief of “First News Media” Rahman Hajji said that Azerbaijan acted responsibly to maintain the ceasefire, but Armenia bombed Azerbaijani cities with ballistic missiles, which left dozens of dead and wounded civilians.
Hajji held Armenia responsible for the collapse of the ceasefire, noting that Yerevan deliberately bombed civilians, until Azerbaijan responded, and then called on Russia and other international parties to intervene in order to pressure Azerbaijan.
On the other hand, the international secretary of the Armenian Revolutionary Union Party, Gero Manoyan, believed that the ceasefire had not yet entered into force, due to the lack of a mechanism for its implementation.
Manoyan added that Azerbaijan excludes media from the city of Ganja, and brings reporters only when it wants to show them specific pictures.
Manoyan explained that what he called the Defense Forces for the Karabakh region had published a map containing military targets in Ganja, indicating that it was bombing military targets.
The international role
In the context of mounting accusations between Armenia and Azerbaijan over attempts to expand the circle of confrontations in the region in which the fighting has resumed, the European Union condemned the strikes on the Azerbaijani city of Ganja, and demanded the necessity to stop targeting civilians and civilian installations by the parties to the conflict, and to respect the ceasefire. While Baku vowed to pursue the Armenian leadership, due to the bombing of Ganja.
For his part, the military and strategic expert, Mamoun Abu Nawar, called for activating the role of the Minsk group, which was formed to mediate in the conflict led by France, Russia and the United States, in addition to the Turkish role, to reach a ceasefire between the two parties that seem not to want this.
Abu Nawar pointed to the absence of the American role in trying to resolve the conflict, referring to Washington’s preoccupation with its internal affairs due to the proximity of the presidential elections, as well as the outbreak of the Corona virus.