Tokyo, February 26, AZERTAC
The Embassy of Azerbaijan in Japan has held an event marking the 23rd anniversary of the Khojaly tragedy.
The event, which brought together members of Azerbaijan`s diaspora in Japan, public figures and journalists, started with a one-minute-silence in memory of the Khojaly victims.
Ambassador Gursel Ismayilzade briefed the event participants on the history of the tragedy.
“The Armenian military forces committed genocide in Khojaly on February 26, 1992. Some 613 people were killed, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old men. A total of 1,000 civilians were disabled during the genocide. Eight families were annihilated, 130 children lost one parent, and 25 lost both. Additionally, 1,275 peaceful residents were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 remains unknown.”
He provided an insight into the “Justice for Khojaly” International Awareness Campaign initiated by Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva.