(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, February 22. Yeni Shafak, an
influential Turkish daily newspaper, has published an article about
the Khojaly genocide, committed by the Armenian armed forces in
1992 in the Azerbaijani city in Karabakh, trend reports.
The article noted that this terrible tragedy has claimed the
lives of 613 people.
'Those killed included 63 children, 106 women, 70 elderly
people. In addition, more people were taken prisoner, and there is
still no information on the fate of 150 of those people. Witness
testimonies said citizens were taken captive for use as hostages in
a later exchange,' the article said.
British journalist and author Thomas de Waal explicitly depicted
the Khojaly genocide in his“Black Garden” book. The Khojaly
tragedy was also covered by such media outlets as BBC, Reuters, Le
Monde, Financial Times, while, Chingiz Mustafayev, famous
Azerbaijani journalist, was the one who rushed to Khojaly right
after the tragedy and captured the scale of what has happened. The
whole world was shocked by the shot footage.
As the authors noted, it is evident from the pictures, that
wounds, and injuries on the bodies of the dead were not the result
of accidental bullets and shrapnel, but were inflicted on purpose.
Civilians, including the elderly and children, have become victims
of a senseless fury, which cannot be justified.
Despite the fact that these horrible events have been recognized
as a massacre in a number of countries, those responsible for this
assault have not yet been held accountable for it. The Wikipedia
page dedicated to the Khojaly genocide includes a denial from
November 2019, when Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called
the massacre a 'blatant lie' that 'was carried out by the
Azerbaijanis themselves', despite the findings by Human Rights
Watch which placed direct responsibility for the civilian deaths
with Armenian forces, the article said.
'The relatives and friends of the victims remember that the
perpetrators have not been brought to justice, the organizers and
executors have not confessed the criminality of their actions, nor
they felt any remorse. Azerbaijan has liberated Karabakh from
Armenian occupation, and, is even ready to live in peace with the
Armenians living there. Nevertheless, even when the peace with
Armenians is achieved, Azerbaijan will never be able to accept this
pain and loss brought upon its people,' the article concluded.
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