Khojaly monument to appear in Izmit

The construction of the monument erected in memory of the Khojaly genocide victims in Izmit, Turkey is nearing completion.

the monument will be unveiled in the presence of Azerbaijani and Turkish officials on April 22.

“Monument to victims of Khojaly” was constructed according to the protocol signed between the Izmit Municipality and Turkey-Azerbaijan Associations Federation (TADEF), the State Committee for Work with Diaspora reported.

The height of the monument in Yenisheher District is of 2.5 meters. Short information about the Khojaly genocide as well as symbols glorifying Azerbaijani and Turkish friendship have been replaced on the monument standing on the pillars describing the immortality of the martyrs, AzerTac state news agency reported.

In 1992, the town of Khojaly came under intense fire from the towns of Khankendi and Askeran already occupied by the Armenian armed forces. 613 civilians mostly women and children were killed in the massacre, and a total of 1,000 people were disabled. Eight families were exterminated, 25 children lost both parents, and 130 children lost one parent.

Moreover, 1,275 innocent people were taken hostage, the fate of 150 of them remains unknown. Many civilians were shot at close range, scalped or burned alive.

SOURCE: Azer News