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Khojaly Genocide

  On the night of 25-26 February 1992, in violation of all international legal norms, Armenian armed forces attacked  the  civilian  population of the sieged town of Khojaly with heavy military equipment, killing them with unprecedented brutality and razing the town to the ground. As a result of crime against not only the people of Azerbaijan, but against humanity, 613 civilian Azerbaijanis, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 elders were brutally murdered on grounds  of national identity. As a result, 8 families  were  completely destroyed, 25 children lost  both  parents, 130 children one of them. Besides that, 487 civilians were seriously wounded and 1275  were taken hostage. And the  fate of 150 people, including 68  women  and  26 children, is  unknown. The Khojaly  genocide National leader  Heydar Aliyev  sharply  protested  against  the country’s leadership at that time for the absolute  defenseless position of  Khojaly: “The then authorities` betrayal against the national independence of Azerbaijan and our people, their indifference to their constitutional duties, the continuous political power games, anarchy and arbitrariness reigning in the republic, personal ambitions of some politicians encouraged the  Khojaly tragedy. Our citizens` cry for help was ignored, and  despite possessing real capabilities to rescue Khojaly, the innocent population  was  knowingly  subjected to this massacre. According to a February 24, 1994 Resolution of the  Milli  Majlis of Azerbaijan Republic, February 26 was declared as the Day of the Khojaly.