Anniversary of Khojali Genocide to be Marked in Kars

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 5 February 2007 14:01 (UTC +04:00)

The Consular General of Azerbaijan to Kars province of Turkey, Hasan Zeynalov, informed Trend that the anniversary of the Khojali genocide will be marked in Kars.

According to him, the anniversary of the Khojali genocide has been marked in Kars annually since the Consulate General opened. Photo exhibitions are organized, videos are played and materials are distributed in the media. This year the event will be held at the bust of ex-President of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev. The event is expected to be attended by nearly 300-500 people.

In addition, Zeynalov said that this year on the eve of the Khojali genocide anniversary an international conference will be held in The Hague on February 25th, dedicated to this tragic date.

On the night of 25 to 26 February 1992 the Azerbaijani settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh, Khojali Avenue was occupied by Armenian separatists, with active participation of the military personnel and the battle technique of the 366th regiment of the Russian army. For several hours, more than 600 unarmed people of Azerbaijan, including 106 women and 83 children, were killed cruelly and wildly. The annihilation of the peaceful people continued for several days during which the Armenian plunderers executed and killed the prisoners, committed violence against women and children, cut off their heads and hung up military prisoners of Azerbaijan. 487 people, including 76 underage people, were physically disabled and 1275 people were taken prisoners. However, the return most of prisoners was achieved and the fate of 150 people is still unknown.