Khojali Genocide victims commemorated in Australia
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 23/ Trend , A. Huseynbala/
An event was held in Australia on the occasion of the 17th anniversary of the Khojali Genocide.
"Azerbaijani, Turkish and Turkmen people, heads of diaspora organizations, members of parliament, media representatives and Azerbaijani students participated in a ceremony organized by the Australian-Azerbaijan-Turkish Friendship Society, Turkish Solidarity Society Voice of America to commemorate the Khojali Genocide," the Azerbaijani State Committee for Diasporas told Trend .
On the night of Feb. 25, 1992, Armenian separatists seized the Khojali settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh. Russian tanks played an active role in capturing the area.
Within hours, over 600 unarmed Azerbaijani citizens were killed; 106 of them were women and 83 children. The massacre continued for days, while the Armenian separatists killed their hostages and cut the heads off of Azerbaijani military personnel. A total of 487 people were left disabled and 1,275 people were taken prisoner. A total of 150 people went missing.
Australian-Azerbaijani-Turkish Friendship Society head Imadeddin Gasimov discussed the genocide.
Student at Maguari University Khafil Abbasov said he lost roughly 35 relatives in the Karabakh War.
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