Ceremony for commemoration of Khojaly tragedy victims to be held in European Parliament

Ceremony for commemoration of Khojaly tragedy victims to be held in European Parliament

Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 21 / Trend, E. Mehdiyev /

A ceremony of commemoration for victims of the Khojaly tragedy organized by the European Azerbaijan Society will be held in Brussels on February 26, the society told Trend on Thursday.

The event will be attended by European Parliament deputies, experts on the region, representatives from think tanks and the media.

The ceremony will highlight the importance of decisions taken by the parliaments of the Czech Republic and Romania which are both EU members towards the recognition of the Khojaly tragedy which is a crime against humanity.

On Feb. 25-26, 1992, Armenian armed forces together with the 366th infantry regiment of Soviet troops stationed in Khankendi (previously called Stepanakert) committed an act of genocide towards the population of the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly.

Some 613 people were killed including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old men. A total of 1000 civilians were disabled during the genocide. Eight families were killed, 130 children lost one parent and 25 lost both. Additionally, 1275 innocent residents were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 remains unknown.

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