On February 26, 1992, the people of Azerbaijan witnessed human rights watch later describing it as the "largest massacre in the conflict to date" between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The Armenian armed forces attacked the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly, the Motorized Infantry Regiment, in the nagorno-Karabakh region of pearl Azerbaijan, supported by the former Soviets 366. As a result, several civilians were massacred.
The Armenian armed forces killed 613 innocent people, including 106 women, 63 children and 70 years old. Of those killed, 56 were killed by methods classified as 'violent persecution' and 487 people were injured, including 76 children. Civilians were hit, scaled and burned alive at point-blank range. The wounded, who escaped from the gunfire, were forced to run for security in mountainous terrain with many freezing deaths. The remaining 1,275 people were taken hostage.
Armenia continues to occupy the Nagorno-Karabakh region, all of which is within Azerbaijan's international borders, and seven surrounding areas. The Nagomo-Karabakh dispute resulted in more than 30,000 deaths, many more injured or mutilated, and hundreds of settlements were looted and stunned.
In total, one million Azerbaijanis became displaced persons (IDps) and refugees. This corresponded to one-fifth of the total Population of Azerbaijan, accounting for the largest number of refugees per capita in the world in 1994.
Honoring the victims of the Khojaly Massacre is a debt in debt in memory of those who died and the provision of long-term peace in the region. Azerbaijan-Americans call on the U.S. Government and Congress to accept the Khojaly Massacre as a virtue against humanity.
Facts about the Khojaly Massacre:
- 613 people were killed, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 elderly;
- Eight families were destroyed;
- 25 children lost both parents;
- 130 children lost one of their parents;
- 487 people were injured, including 76 children;
- 1,275 people were taken hostage;
- 150 people are missing.
International media in Khojaly
The Times (March 3, 1992) "Massacred Massacre":
"More than 60 bodies, including women and children, were found on the slopes in Nagorno-Karabakh; hundreds of people are missing. ”
Washington Times (March 2, 1992) "Armenian Raids Kill or Flee Azerbaijani":
"Azerbaijani television showed that truckloads of bodies had been evacuated from khojaly region. ”
The New York Times (March 3, 1992) "Armenian Massacre Reported":
"Azerbaijani authorities and journalists briefly flew to the area by helicopter, brought back three dead children, their heads blew up"