Khojaly genocide highlighted in Jordan’s media

Jordan`s Al-Uruba news agency posted an article about the commemorative event held at the Azerbaijani embassy on the occasion of the Khojaly genocide`s 21st anniversary.

Speeches by event participants, including deputy chairman of Jordan Senate, head of executive board of the Jordan-Azerbaijan Friendship Society Marwan Humud and writer Hattab were highlighted in the article.

The article says that the Khojaly massacre is one of the most heinous and bloodiest events of the 20th century. Late into the night of February 25, 1992, the town of Khojaly came under intensive fire from the town of Khankendi and Askeran already occupied by Armenian armed forces. At night the Armenian forces supported by the ex-Soviet 366th regiment completed the surrounding of the town already isolated due to ethnic cleansing of the Azerbaijani population of the neighboring regions. The joint forces occupied the town, which was ruined by heavy artillery shelling.

Thousands of fleeing civilians were ambushed by the Armenian forces. Punitive teams of the so-called Nagorno Karabakh defense army reached the unprotected civilians to slaughter them, mutilating and scalping some bodies. In just a few hours, 613 civilians were killed, including 106 women, 70 elderly and 83 children. A total of 1,000 civilians were disabled. 56 people were killed with outrageous brutality, eight families were totally exterminated, and 25 children lost both parents, while 130 children lost one parent. Moreover, 1,275 innocent people were taken hostage.