Azerbaijan marks 32nd anniversary of Khojaly genocide

On February 25, 1992, Armenian armed forces attacked the city of Khojaly with the help of armored vehicles and military personnel of the 366th Motorized Rifle Regiment stationed in Khankendi since the USSR period.

2500 Khojaly residents, who remained in the encircled town, began to move towards Aghdam. But Armenians attacked them from ambush. As a result of the Khojaly genocide, which was a tragedy of a century, 613 civilians, as well as 63 children, 106 women, and 70 old people were killed atrociously, 8 families were annihilated, 25 children lost both parents, 130 children lost one parent, 487 were wounded (76 of them are children), some 1,275 innocent residents were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 people including 68 women and 26 children remains unknown.

The anniversary of the Khojaly genocide is sadly celebrated every year in Azerbaijan and many countries around the world. Every year, on February 26, Azerbaijani embassies and diaspora organizations organize commemorative ceremonies and conferences in the countries where they operate. At these events, photo stands reflecting the atrocities committed by Armenians in Khojaly, and documentaries and books reflecting the realities of the genocide are exhibited.

At present, the national legislatures of 20 countries, as well as 24 US states, as well as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the Organization of Turkic States have adopted numerous resolutions and decisions condemning the massacre of civilians in Khojaly and assessing it as an act of genocide and crimes against humanity.

Note that the city of Khojaly was cleared of separatists on September 19-20, 2023 as a result of local anti-terrorist measures carried out by the Azerbaijani Army in Karabakh. On October 15, 2023, President Ilham Aliyev raised the State Flag of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the city of Khojaly. The waving of the Azerbaijani flag in this city demonstrates once again that the blood of the victims of the Khojaly tragedy is not left behind.