2016-02-24
Khojaly is a small town where population consisted mainly of Azerbaijanis. It is located in Azerbaijan, near the border with Armenia.

The victims of ethnic cleansing in Khojaly are:

613 killed by Armenians:

63 children

106 women

70 elderly people

487 wounded

1275 captives

150 missing

Khojaly is a small town where population consisted mainly of Azerbaijanis. It is located inAzerbaijan, near the border withArmenia.

From the very beginning of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the beginning of the 20th century, Armenians have been making plans to occupy Khojaly because of its strategic importance. One of the main reasons being the only operational airport in that region was located in Khojaly in 1990’s. The other importance of Khojaly is that the city represented one of the major settlements in Karabakh, mostly populated by Azerbaijanis. The population counted for over 6,000 at the beginning of the conflict.

Upon a complete air and land blockade of Khojaly by the Armenians, helpless residents were imminently attacked. The attack began on the night of 25-26 February with heavy artillery fire.

After shelling of civilians by the Armenians supported by the CIS 366th motorized infantry regiment stationed in Khankendi (Stepanakert), the troops entered the town. According to witnesses, personnel and military equipment of the 366th Regiment took an active role in the assault and capture of the town, which was surrounded from the three sides when the army advanced into the town. İts also important to note that the representatives of the current Armenian government such as President Serzh Sargsyan and Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan have been leading the assault and invasion of Khojaly.

 

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