Khojaly tragedy - 29 years, but it's not subject to statute of limitation

Khojaly tragedy - 29 years, but it's not subject to statute of limitation

Twenty-nine years have passed since the bloodiest and most tragic incident in Azerbaijan’s recent history - Khojaly tragedy. Hundreds of civilians, including women and children, were massacred when Armenian troops assaulted the town of Khojaly on 26 February 1992. According to Azerbaijan's government, 613 Azeri civilians died, including 106 women, 63 children and 70 old people, 487 people wounded (including 76 children). Eight families were completely annihilated, 130 children lost one parent, while 25 lost both parents. 

Moreover, 1,275 people were held hostage and 5,379 people were expelled from their place of permanent residence. So far, nothing is known about the fate of 150 people (of which 68 are women and 26 are children

All these acts, organized by ex-President Serzh Sargsyan, who was "Chairman of the Defense Committee" of the anti-Azerbaijani separatist movement, were committed by Armenian military with extreme mercilessness and inconceivable barbarism. The second battalion of 366th regiment under the command of Major Seyran Ohanian, the third battalion under the command of Yevgeniy Nabokhin, staff chief of the first battalion Valeriy Chitchyan and more than 50 officers and ensigns took part in the attack, according to "The Investigation Materials Concerning Khojaly Occupation".

The town residents who attempted to flee, were killed by Armenians in ambushes. According to the Russian Remedial Center Memorial, corpses were brought from Khojaly to Aghdam. Facts of humiliation on dozens of bodies were registered. Forensic examination in Aghdam was performed on 181 corpses, including 13 children. The examination revealed that 151 people died from bullet wounds, 20 people died from shrapnel wounds, 10 were killed with blunt instruments. Facts of scalping people alive were also revealed.

The criminals who committed the Khojaly genocide have still not been held accountable.