AP highlights devastation caused by Armenia in Azerbaijan’s Aghdam
BAKU, Azerbaijan, November 26
By Jeila Aliyeva - Trend:
Associated Press published an article where it clarified the devastation caused by Armenia in Azerbaijan’s Aghdam city, Trend reports with reference to AP.
The article says, that the joy of returning to Aghdam for Azerbaijani people is seared with grief and anger as Azerbaijanis confront its devastation.
"One of the city's happier eccentricities, the bread museum, is in ruins. The cognac factory is gone. After the population was driven out in 1993 by fighting, they were followed by Armenian pillagers who stripped the city bare, seeking both booty and construction materials,” said the article.
As an example, AP also cited the words of two former Aghdam residents.
“We had beautiful buildings, hotels, a governor's building, all the prominent buildings that were here have no trace left behind. It's like it's all destroyed and a magnitude 12 earthquake hit here, unfortunately. This is the state of (Aghdam)," said 63-year-old Arif Haciyev, former resident.
"After 27 (years) I have returned to my Aghdam, my joy cannot be expressed by words. However, I couldn't enter my house because of the quantity of land mines placed there," says 61-year-old Zamanova Naciba.
The article further said that the city of Aghdam was once home to 50,000, known for its white homes and an elaborate three-story teahouse, but now the city is so ruined that it's sometimes called the "Hiroshima of the Caucasus."
In addition, the article also highlights that former Azerbaijani residents of Aghdam walked back to their city on Wednesday over a quarter of a century after they were driven out by fighting.
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