Khojaly Commemoration Istanbul 2014

The victims of the Khojaly Massacre have been remembered with a moving tribute in Ortakoy Square, Istanbul, organised by TEAS Turkey, on 25 February. This commemorated the death of 613 civilians during the night of 25–26 February 1992 in the worst single incident of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The event included personal testimony from Khojaly survivor Khazangul Amirova, who lost both her parents and sister during the massacre. After a minute’s silence, the commemoration evening culminated in a simple, yet poignant act, with 613 special light balloons being simultaneously released by Istanbul residents into the night sky over the Bosphorus – one for every man, woman and child killed in the tragedy. This film features highlights of the event.