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26-02-2021

BST Observes the 29th Anniversary of the Khojaly Tragedy


Nearly three decades later, the Khojaly tragedy remains embedded in the minds of the Azerbaijani people. The tragedy, which claimed the lives of many civilians, was one of the bloodiest in Azerbaijan’s history.

 

29 years ago, on February 26, 1992, soon after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the heavily-armed Armenian army invaded the Nagorno-Karabakh city of Khojaly from various directions and attacked peaceful civilians who resided there. Elderly people, women, children and infants were killed, civilians were mutilated and taken hostage, and the fate of most of them is still unknown. In the Khojaly Massacre - 613 Azerbaijani citizens were killed including 106 women, 63 children and 70 elderly and 487 others were critically injured. In addition, 150 of the 1,275 Azerbaijanis who were captured during the massacre still remain missing. Eight families were completely wiped out, while 130 children lost one parent, and 25 children lost both parents. It is because of such atrocities that the progressive society of the world, countries and international organizations considers Khojaly tragedy as genocide and the greatest crime against the Azerbaijani people.

 

In 1994, Azerbaijan’s leader Heydar Aliyev, issued a special decree declaring 26th of February the “National Day of Mourning”, where the victims of the Khojaly tragedy are remembered and honored.

 

Black Sea Terminal team expresses solidarity with the people of Azerbaijan on this solemn day as we observe the memory of the fallen men and women who died on this fateful day. We wish the Azerbaijani people great success, and a peaceful and prosperous future!

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