Israel, Jerusalem, 16 January /corr. Trend R.Abdullayev / A commemoration day for the victims of the January tragedy in Azerbaijan will be marked at the Central Office of the Congress of Azerbaijanis in the Middle East on 20 January in Tel Aviv.
"Being a real Azerbaijani diaspora, the Congress of Azerbaijanis in the Middle East considers it its moral duty to remember the victims of the 'Black January' tragedy," the President of the Congress, Alex Shapiro-Suliman, reported to Trend on 16 January.
On the night of 19 to 20 January 1990, the Soviet army commenced military operations in Baku against peaceful citizens. Some 131 people were killed and hundreds of people were wounded during the tragedy.
The conference on this commemoration day will bring together Israeli politicians and business people, representatives of the Azerbaijani community who were direct witness to these events, as well as members of diplomatic missions accredited in Israel, Shapiro-Suliman said.
"Some 18 years have passed since 20 January, which entered the history of Azeri people as bloody January tragedy," said the President of the Congress. As a result of the massacre, against a peaceful population fighting for national freedom and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, innocent people were killed and wounded and it once again demonstrated to the world the criminal essence of the Soviets on the eve of the collapse of its totalitarian regime, he said.
"The communist dictatorship did not stop their military attack on Azerbaijan, which was one of the republics of the then Soviet Union, attacks on after Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Afghanistan," Shapiro-Suliman said.