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“Khojaly was the next stage of the capture and ethnic cleansing of Azerbaijani territories”

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The Khojaly genocide, where Armenian troops shelled the district and then opened fire on civilians who were offered ‘safe passage’, was marked in Israel. (Photo: Supplied)

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This week, the Baku Multiculturalism Center’s official representation in Israel, the Azerbaijan House, the Israeli NGO International Projects for the Society, the International IRS Magazine, and Pasha Life Insurance Company are holding a special ceremony in commemoration of the Khojaly Genocide, one of the most horrific tragedies in the history of the modern republic of Azerbaijan, a presentation of IRS Magazine in Hebrew and Black Book Of Karabakh.

In the framework of the Justice for Khojaly International Awareness Campaign, Israeli political and public figures as well as the Azerbaijani community in Israel observed the Khojaly Genocide Day and visited a special exhibition on the subject.  MKs, Azerbaijani MPs, heads of diplomatic missions and other important figures were invited to attend the memorial.  

Professor Arye Gut stated on this important occasion: “The act of genocide committed in Khojaly was one of the worst tragedies of the 20th century. The world needs to know more about the misfortunes and cruelty imposed by the Armenian vandals against the peaceful Azerbaijani population in the occupied lands.”

“Why did the Armenians choose Khojaly as their target,” Gut asked rhetorically. “They wanted to destroy Khojaly as a settlement that reflects the historical and cultural heritage of the city. This culture is known as the Khojaly-Gadabay culture and dates back to the 16th century. Funerary monuments such as stone boxes, barrows and a necropolis belong to Khojaly, one of the ancient settlements of Azerbaijan.  It was ruined and burned in one night.”

According to him, the Armenian forces did not care at all about the survival of the Azerbaijani residents of Khojaly: “The storming of the city began with a two-hour artillery bombardment. Khojaly was blocked from three sides, and a fire broke out and burned almost the entire city. Many civilians were killed by shelling in the first hours of the assault. After the firing began, the Armenian fascists used loudspeakers to inform civilians that a corridor was open for them to leave the city.” However, it was a death trap in reality.  

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Gut claimed that Russia also played a role in what happened: “The military personnel of the Russian Army’s 366th regiment were active in the storming of Khojaly. At first the press center of the CIS Joint Armed Forces denied this fact. However, on March 11, 1992 the newspaper Red Star confirmed the participation of the 366th regiment in the fighting.”

Yuri Girenko, who served in the 97th separate engineering department, confirmed that the soldiers of the 366th regiment who were mostly Armenian took part in the attack.  Gut pondered, “Why did the Armenians appear to be in the Soviet battalion, which was located in the area of confrontation between the Armenians and Azerbaijanis? Clearly, this tactic was planned and thought out in advance.”

“Armenians from the regiment, having gathered soldiers, as well as volunteers of other nations, began a bloody attack on Khojaly,” Gut explained. “When the residents attempted to leave the city at 2 a.m. via the corridor, which was between 100 to 300 meters wide, they fell victim to machine-gun fire. A startling 613 people were killed, 487 people were crippled, and 1275 old men, children and women were captured and subjected to torture, rape and humiliation. The civilians who managed to escape were brutally murdered in the forests by the Armenian military.”  Many others who fled were starved slowly to death, as they had nothing but snow to eat.  

Iconic photo of an Azerbaijani mother trying to save her baby from the Armenian slaughter of innocents. (Photo: File)

“The Khojaly civilian population was massacred because they were Azerbaijanis,” Gut stressed, thus making it genocide under international law. “One group of refugees managed to cross the Gargar river. They were soaked to the skin, and though they tried to hide in the nearby mountains, most of them died from hypothermia by morning.”

“Once all the Khojaly citizens had been slaughtered, imprisoned, or had fled, Armenian soldiers took control of the region with the objective of obscuring the gravity of the massacre,” he noted. 

“Azerbaijani helicopters attempted to retrieve the bodies, but came under continuous fire. Most of the dead were carried in vehicles, transported by truckload. The massacre at Khojaly by Armenia contravened international law, violated the Geneva conventions and articles 2, 3, 5, 9, and 17 of the Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948.”

American journalist Thomas Goltz described the scene, saying, “The battered cars with wheels but without tires, piled high with rugs, pots and pans, rattled… choking with exhaust gases and bending under the weight of the mattresses and the iron beds. People were trying to overtake a tractor trailer used for transportation of cotton, where grubby kids and quacking ducks sat among the dumped in piles of clothes. Usually there were men at the end of the column, who either rode the donkeys, or led the mules pulling carts. Barefoot shepherds were driving frightened sheep, cows and calves, who tried to get under the wheels of a passing truck to the other side of the road.”

Prof. Gut emphasized the exile of the Azerbaijani refugees from their land was one of the largest in Europe since World War II: “The Land of Fire and its people were at the entryway of hell. They were betrayed, cheated and abandoned.” (Photo: File)

“Khojaly was the next stage of the capture and ethnic cleansing of Azerbaijani territories, creating panic and fear of shocking brutality,” Gut noted.  “This barbaric cruelty toward innocent children, women and old people has no explanation.  Together with the representatives of the Israeli media, I met several times with the Khojaly survivors who were captured by the Armenian armed forces. They told terrible things about Armenian savagery and showed us the brutality of Armenian vandals.”  

“By telling the world the truth about Khojaly, and erecting monuments in memory of the victims of this tragedy, the Azerbaijani state does not intend to inculcate hostile sentiments against the Armenian people,” Gut added. “We want the world community to know about those criminals, who were representatives of the Armenian people and who remained in the current political elite in Armenia. We want to convey the essence of the acts committed by them so that such bloody tragedies will not recur. We only want Justice for Khojaly!”

Gut emphasized that the cruel and merciless scenes of that massacre will remain a scar in the hearts of Azerbaijanis: “This is act of genocide for innocent Azerbaijanis, whose lives were cut short because of the massacre perpetrated by the Armenian armed forces. Those who committed this terrible crime against humanity have not been prosecuted by international courts and their crimes remain unpunished.”

“Unlike World War II, when the majority of the Nazis faced the international court at the Nuremberg trial, ideologues and executors of the mass slaughter live freely in the modern Republic of Armenia.  It is time that they were held accountable for their crimes. The victims will not have peace of mind until there is justice.”  

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Rachel Avraham is a political analyst working at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights.  She is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings at the American, Israeli and Arab Media.”  

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