Armenian soldiers killed two Azerbaijani civilians, including a two-year-old girl, resulting in widespread rage in Azerbaijan and defensive blame-shifting in Armenia. The inflamed public opinion in both countries is straining the ceasefire between the two sides, which already had been shakier than at any point since it was agreed in 1994.
The two Azerbaijanis, Sahiba Guliyeva, 50, and her granddaughter, Zahra Guliyeva, were killed July 4 in their village of Alkhanli as a result of shelling from the de facto Nagorno Karabakh armed forces. Another relative was seriously wounded.
The killings outraged Azerbaijanis, who took to social media with the hashtag #Zahra and changed their profile photos to images of the girl with her grandmother.
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