22 years have today passed from the invasion of Azerbaijan's Qubadli region by Armenia. The region was occupied by Armenians, on August 31, 1993.
The region holds rich subsoil resources and mysterious natural beauty, and is situated between Mount Zangazur and Nagorno Karabakh mountain range. It was established in 1933 as an administrative unit. Its area covers 802 square km. There are 94 residential districts, including a town and 93 villages.
Formerly 13160 ha state forest fund consisting of various trees existed in the territory of the region. More than 10 big diameter trees aged between 150-1600 composed of rare species were protected as nature monuments erstwhile. Furthermore numerous endangered animal and bird species were preserved in the Qubadli State Sanctuary that is located in 1600 m height above sea level, has 20 thousand ha area, and possesses abundant flora and fauna.
As a result of the occupation, totally 6988 - dwelling houses, 1080 - agricultural properties, 32 – communications facilities, 86 – medical centers, 180 cultural centers, 6 - industrial enterprises, 650 km – highways, 9 – bridges, 2 – water reservoirs, 150 km - main water lines, 4830 km – electric lines, 165 km – main gas pipelines, 146 – administrative buildings, 18 – mills, 4 - hydraulic power stations, 20 power substations and transformers were destroyed, 13363 ha forest land is under occupation.
Armenians looted Gubadli Museum of History and Ethnography where more than 5 000 unique exhibits were displayed. At present, a sanctuary in “Gavur deresi” dating back to the 4th century, “Galali” and “Goygala” monuments dating back to the 5th century, “Demirchiler” tomb built in the 14th century, Haji Badal bridge, Lalazar bridge, as well as other historical monuments in Ayin, Yusifbeyli, Seytas, Garaghajli, Khojamsakhli villages are under occupation.