By Rashid Shirinov
U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Robert Cekuta on February 17 visited an IDP family from Khojaly, a small city located in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.
The envoy met with head of the family Tofig Jabrayilov and familiarized himself with his living and working conditions.
Jabrayilov told the diplomat about the horrors his family experienced during the Khojaly massacre, on February 26, 1992. He said his mother and other relatives were killed in the Khojaly tragedy.
In the conversation, Cekuta noted that the U.S. government continues to provide assistance to the Azerbaijanis affected by the events in Khojaly.
Khojaly, the second largest town in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, came under intense fire from the towns of Khankendi and Askeran already occupied by the Armenian armed forces in 1992.
613 civilians mostly women and children were killed in the massacre, and a total of 1,000 people were disabled. Eight families were exterminated, 25 children lost both parents, and 130 children lost one parent. Moreover, 1,275 innocent people were taken hostage, and the fate of 150 of them remains unknown.
The parliaments of a number of states, including Pakistan, Mexico, Colombia, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Honduras, Jordan, Sudan, the legislative bodies of 20 states of the Unites States, including New-Mexico, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Western Virginia, New-Jersey, Tennessee, Arizona and Hawaii, as well as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation recognized the Khojaly massacre as a genocide.
Rashid Shirinov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @RashidShirinov
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