Khojaly Massacre

mass murder of Azerbaijani civilians in the town of Khojaly

The Khojaly Massacre was the killing of hundreds of ethnic Azerbaijani civilians by Armenians from the town of Khojaly on 25 February 1992 during the Nagorno-Karabakh War.

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  • About 1,000 of Khojaly`s 10,000 people were massacred by the Armenian Army in Tuesdays attack. Azerbaijani television showed truckloads of corpses being evacuated from the Khocaly area.
    • Washington Times. — 2 March 1992
  • Before Khojali, the Azerbaijanis thought that they were joking with us, they thought that the Armenians were people who could not raise their hand against the civilian population. We were able to break that stereotype.
    • Current president of Armenia and 1992 war lord Serzh Sarkisian's interview (Thomas de Waal, "Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan through peace and war", New York & London: New York University Press, 2003, pp. 169-172)
  • The city and its inhabitants were deliberately sacrificed to the political goal – to prevent the People Front of Azerbaijan from coming to power.
    • Arif Yunusov, Azerbaijani human rights advocate. Azerbaijani newspaper “Zerkalo”, July 1992
  • I am well aware of who had the Khojaly tragedy on their conscience. And it was not the Armenian side.
    • Yakup Mammadov, chairman of the Supreme Council of Azerbaijan. Newspaper “Ogonjok”, N 14-15, 1992
  • The tragedy was realized by the authorities of Azerbaijan, and concretely – somebody of those high standing.
    • Tamerlan Karaev, former Chairman of the Supreme Council of Azerbaijan. Newspaper “Moukhalifat”, April 28, 1992
  • January events of 1990 in Baku and events in Khojalu were the handwork of the same people.
    • Vagif Huseynov, former Minister of National Security of Azerbaijan. V. B. Haruthunyan, Events in Nagorno-Karabakh, Chronics, part 4, Yerevan, 1994, p. 120

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