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Azerbaijan Prosecutor General: Missile attack launched on 424-MW Mingachevir hydroelectric

According to a press release published on the Azerbaijan Prosecutor General’s website, the armed forces of the occupant Republic of Armenia continue to shell residential areas and strategic objects with heavy artillery, deliberately targeting the civilian population of Azerbaijan.

Specifically, on Oct. 11, 2020 at about 4 a.m, the armed forces of the occupant launched missile attacks on Mingachevir, a large industrial city 100 km away from the frontline, targeting the 424-MW Mingachevir hydroelectric power station in South Caucasus.

The Mingachevir hydropower plant was originally commissioned in 1953, and a modernization project was completed in 2018. It is the largest hydroelectric generation facility in the country. The project’s 260-ft-high by 5,090-ft-long earth-fill embankment dam impounds Kura River creating Mingachevir Reservoir, which has an active storage capacity of 7.3 million acre-feet.

The missiles were reportedly shot down by the Azerbaijani military air defense forces.

Prosecutor General says this action violates the norms and principles of international law, including the requirements of the 1949 Geneva Conventions and the Additional Protocols to the Convention, as well as the requirements of the humanitarian ceasefire declared on Oct. 10, 2020, at 12 p.m.

According to TASS, the Russian news agency, “Azerbaijan’s Mingachevir Hydroelectric Power Plant and the Mingachevir water reservoir on the Kura River are critical for the country’s power generation sector and agriculture. The security of the Mingachevir dam is among Azerbaijan’s most important national security issues. According to experts, a vast section of the country’s territory will be flooded if the dam breaks.”

The scene of the incident is being assessed and respective operative investigative measures are being performed by prosecutors and investigators, the Prosecutor General said.

TASS said: “The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the highland region of Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory that had been part of Azerbaijan before the Soviet Union break-up, but primarily populated by ethnic Armenians, broke out in February 1988 after the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic.”