Barda 2020

On this historical day

On October 5, 2020, at about 12:30, heavy artillery fire was fired at a house on Tabriz Street in Barda by the Armenian armed forces. One of the missiles fired by the enemy hit the house of Ilgar Farzaliyev, a resident of the district center. As a result, the house caught fire and became completely unusable.

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Azerbaijan has reported casualties as a result of the shooting in Barda. “Seven people were injured as a result of intensive shelling and artillery shelling in Barda region from 10 am today,” the Azerbaijani Prosecutor General’s Office said.

The agency said that as a result of a rocket hit the “Ancient Barda” restaurant in the center of Barda, two people were hospitalized with various injuries. “At the same time, rockets hit near the secondary school No. 5 in Barda, injuring five more people,” the agency said.

The Prosecutor General’s Office also said that “the school building and numerous vehicles were severely damaged.”

On October 27, as a result of the Smerch MLRS missile attack by the armed forces of Armenia on the Barda region of Azerbaijan, 5 civilians, including a child were killed and 13 civilians, including children and women, were seriously injured.

An Armenian strike hit Barda City at about 1:30 p.m. on October 28. Dr. Vusal Mammadov, 40, the director and chief surgeon of the Barda Treatment and Diagnostic Center, said he was working at the center when “everything turned dirt, dust, and soil, and [we] lost all the windows.” A fragment from a second explosion wounded a nurse, Ramziya Guliyeva, leaving her unable to move her legs and damaged dialysis machines, and shattered glass cut 22 patients and staff, Mammadov said.

Human Rights Watch observed damage to the clinic, severe damage to a State Migration Service office, and to the windows and concrete perimeter wall of a sports complex, consistent with an explosive weapon with wide area effects. Clinic staff showed Human Rights Watch researchers on November 9 remnants of unguided Smerch rockets that produce blast and fragmentation effects, which they said they had collected from the clinic’s grounds from the attack. The attack was apparently part of the Smerch rocket barrage at 1:30 p.m. on October 28, which Human Rights Watch previously documented, that killed 21 civilians and wounded 70, with cluster munitions and parachute-retarded high-explosive fragmentation rocket.