"On the night of February 25-26, 1992, Khojaly became the biggest crime place of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan," said Azerbaijani foreign minister Jeyhun Bayramov while delivering a speech at the event dedicated to the 31st anniversary of the Khojaly genocide, APA reports.
Jeyhun Bayramov noted that the Khojaly genocide is a part of Armenia's systematic ethnic cleansing policy: "On the night of February 25-26, 1992, Khojaly became the biggest crime place of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Armenian armed forces launched an offensive operation against Khojaly with the direct participation of the former Soviet 366th Motor Rifle Regiment. As a result of this attack, 613 civilians, including 63 children, 106 women, and 70 elderly people, were killed and 487 people were disabled. People were burned alive, their heads and limbs were cut off, and their skin was peeled off. About 1000 people got injured, 1275 people have been taken hostage, and 8 families were wiped off the face of the earth. 25 children lost both parents and 130 children lost one of their parents. To date, 150 Khojaly residents are still missing. The Massacre of civilians in Khojaly was not an isolated or unique act but was a part of Armenia's systematic policy. This policy is based on racial superiority, ethnic differences, and hatred".