Azerbaijan’s shelling a historic cathedral in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, where over three weeks of heavy fighting has killed hundreds of people, revives memories of Armenian Genocide,  Raffi K. Hovannisian, Yerevan’s first foreign minister, said on Wednesday.

The Holy Savior Cathedral, also known as the Ghazanchetsots Cathedral, had its dome pierced by a shell that also damaged the interior on Oct. 9.

“Yet for us Armenians, an attack like the one on the Holy Savior Cathedral isn’t just a matter of urgent current affairs. No, the swirling dust kicked up by violence against a Christian house of worship can take back even the most modern-minded Armenian more than a century — to the year 1915,” Hovannisian said in an article for the New York Post.

The Armenian genocide refers to the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923.

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