A genocide was carried out on February 26, 1992, in the 7,000-person city of Khojaly by Armenian armed forces. There were just around 3,000 people left in the city during the attack by the Armenian military force because a major part of the population was forced to flee the city for more than 4 months as a result of the blockade. 613 individuals were killed, and 1,000 civilians of all ages endured bullet wounds during the Khojaly genocide
. There were 70 elderly people, 63 children, and 106 women killed. 130 people lost one of their parents; 25 children lost both parents, and 8 families were entirely destroyed. 150 of the 1275 civilians who were taken hostage on that terrible night are still missing.The Khojaly genocide was carried out with particular cruelty by more than 50 Armenian soldiers serving in the 366th regiment under the command of Major Oganyan Seyran Mushegovich. Leyla Aliyeva, vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, initiated the "Justice to Khojaly"
international propaganda campaign in order to convey the tragedy of Khojaly
to the world community, distribute these truths in the international arena, and provide an honest assessment of the genocide. Through this propaganda campaign, 17 countries around the world, as well as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which has 57 member countries, recognized the Khojaly genocide.