Aktau to host events commemorating Khojaly massacre

15 February 2013 15:56 (UTC+04:00)

Azerbaijan`s Consulate General in Aktau will hold a series of events to mark the 21st anniversary of the Khojaly massacre.

The events will be attended by members of Azerbaijani diaspora and students in Kazakhstan.

Consul General in Aktau Rashad Mammadov will speak of history and consequences of the Khojaly tragedy in the events, which will feature films, and photo and book exhibitions.

The Azerbaijani youth in Aktau will also hold rally "Justice for Khojaly". Azerbaijan`s Consulate General in Aktau has recently launched "Khojaly genocide, Justice for Khojaly" (www.xocali.kz) website with the aim of increasing awareness of the Kazakh society of realities of Armenia`s military aggression against Azerbaijan, particularly the Khojaly genocide.

The website features history of Karabakh region and resettlement of Armenians in Karabakh. It also highlights Armenia`s military aggression against Azerbaijan. The website also features photo and video sections on Khojaly tragedy.

On the night of February 26, 1992, the Armenian military forces together with 366th infantry regiment of the former Soviet stationed in Khankendi attacked Khojaly, which was under siege for months, and in one night the city was wiped off the face of the earth. Ruthless massacre of civilians was organized during this bloody action - 613 killed, 1275 taken hostages. The fate of 150 is still unknown. 63 children, 106 women and 70 old men were among those killed. 8 families were completely destroyed.