Turkey strongly condemns the Khojaly massacre and the continuous occupation of the Azerbaijani territories by Armenia, reads a statement of Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on the 26th commemoration of the Khojaly massacre.
On 26 February 1992, hundreds of Azerbaijani citizens including women and children were massacred and wounded, also more than thousand people were taken hostages by Armenian troops during their attack in Khojaly town in Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh region, the statement says.
“The fate of the missing people is still unknown today. This inhuman aggression against civilians was engraved in the memories of the international community and deeply wounded the common conscience. Today, twenty percent of Azerbaijani territories are still under occupation of Armenia. More than one million Azerbaijanis became displaced from their homes in their motherland, becoming internal refugees,” says the statement.
The statement further reads: “We commiserates deeply with our Azerbaijani brothers and sisters over this brutal attack and massacre which they suffered 26 years ago and shares their pain. We strongly condemn this massacre and the continuous occupation of the Azerbaijani territories by Armenia. We wish God’s mercy upon those who lost their lives in this massacre and wish once again our most sincere condolences to our Azerbaijani brothers and sisters.”
On February 25-26, 1992, Armenia’s armed forces, together with the 366th infantry regiment of Soviet troops, stationed in Khankendi, committed an act of genocide against the population of the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly.
As many as 613 people, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old people were killed as a result of the massacre. A total of 1,000 civilians became disabled in the onslaught. Eight families were completely annihilated, 130 children lost one parent, while 25 lost both parents. Some 1,275 innocent residents were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 people (68 women, 26 children) still remains unknown.