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Khojaly Genocide

 

 

 

 

On 26 February in 1992, a brutal operation broke out in Azerbaijan.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries (Azerbaijan and Armenia) 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.

In the beginning of 1992 Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict turned into a military phase. Taking advantage of the political instability as a result of the dissolution of the Soviet Union – the end of the Cold War – and internal squabbles in Azerbaijan, Armenia initiated operations in Nagorny Karabakh.

In February 1992, an unprecedented massacre was committed against the Azerbaijani population in the town of Khojaly. This bloody tragedy, which became known as the Khojaly genocide, involved the extermination or capture of thousands of Azerbaijanis.

The inhabitants of Khojaly remained in the town before the tragic night, the invaders destroyed Khojaly and with particular brutality implemented carnage over its peaceful population.

Armenian officials deny their responsibility for the crimes committed during the conflict. Despite this denial, it is accepted that, what happened in Khojaly was a brutal massacre.

 

 

 

Khojaly Massacre is one of the most brutal incidents of inhumane warfare to take place in modern times.

 

 

 

 

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