Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 26
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
The memory of the Khojaly genocide victims was honored in Azerbaijan on Feb. 26 at 17:00 with a moment of silence.
Movement of traffic and pedestrians was suspended for a minute. The moment of silence was accompanied by horns of motor vehicles, trains and metro and ships in the Baku Bay.
On February 25-26, 1992 Armenian occupation forces together with the 366th infantry regiment of Soviet troops stationed in Khankendi committed an act of genocide against the population of the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly.
Some 613 people were killed, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old people. A total of 1,000 civilians were disabled during the genocide.
Eight families were totally exterminated, 130 children lost one parent and 25 children lost both.
Some 1,275 innocent residents were taken hostages, while the fate of 150 people remains unknown.
Following withdrawal of the 366th infantry regiment from Khankendi city, its military equipment, mostly went to the Armenian separatists.
Translated by E.A.
Edited by C.N.