Zangilan district: 25 years since occupation
Twenty five years have passed since Azerbaijan’s Zangilan district was occupied by Armenian Armed Forces.
Zangilan didn't bow down to the enemy from 1988 till November 1993 and resisted the enemy attacks, losing hundreds of martyrs. It was the latest occupied district of Azerbaijan by the Armenian side.
Zangilan, situated on the Baku-Julfa-Nakhchivan railway, is of great strategic importance, but its area is only 700 square kilometers, 35,000 people were living in Zangilan. The Zangilan district's population being surrounded after occupation of the Gubadli and Jabrayil regions saw a way out in crossing the Araz River to get to the Iranian territory. Otherwise, another Khojaly tragedy was to happen.
The basis of the region's economy was agriculture - wine-growing, tobacco cultivation and livestock.
Zangilan's territory is also rich in archaeological and architectural monuments, the largest of which is the the ruined medieval city known as 'Shahri Sharifam'.
Before the occupation, Zangilan consisted of one city, one settlement and 83 villages. Zangilan district had 9 preschool institutions, 19 primary and 15 secondary schools, one vocational school, one music school, 35 libraries, 8 cultural centers, 23 club-houses. 188 residents of Zangilan were killed in the Karabakh war and 44 are listed as missing.
The largest plane forest in Europe was also located in the district. Now Armenians are cutting down these trees and selling them to foreign countries. Valuable trees, molybdenum, marble, gold, granite and other mineral resources are also currently being plundered by Armenians.