Erdogan: Turkey to never forget Khojaly tragedy
The Khojaly massacre is the bloodiest tragedy the world has seen, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Feb. 20.
“Turkey has not forgotten this bloody tragedy and won’t ever let it be forgotten,” President Erdogan added. “The perpetrators of this bloody crime must answer for it.”
On Feb. 25-26, 1992, the Armenian armed forces, together with the 366th infantry regiment of Soviet troops, stationed in Khankendi, committed an act of genocide against the population of the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly. As many as 613 people, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old people were killed in the massacre. Eight families were totally exterminated, 130 children lost one parent and 25 children lost both. Some 1,275 innocent residents were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 people still remains unknown.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. Continue Reading