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February 23, 2013

Commemorating the #Khojaly killings

Global netizens mark the 21st anniversary of Azeri deaths during Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict.
Khojaly protest
People shout slogans as they hold Turkish and Azerbaijan flags during a demonstration in Istanbul, Turkey 26 February 2012. (EPA/STR TURKEY OUT)

Azeris around the world have taken to the web to mark the 21st anniversary of one of the bloodiest events in Azerbaijan's war with Armenia.

Using the hashtag #Khojaly, netizens are commemorating the victims of what Azeris refer to as the "Khojaly Massacre". Azerbaijan says 613 people, including women and children, were killed in the town of Khojaly between February 25-26, 1992, during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Armenia disputes the account and the number of deaths.

In the lead up to the anniversary, the US-Azeris Network, a nationwide Azerbaijani-American organisation, created a petition to pay tribute to the Khojaly victims. The petition went viral, garnering 125,000 votes in less than 30 days.