One year passes since liberation of Aghdam from Armenian occupation
Today marks the first anniversary of the liberation of the Aghdam district from the occupation of the Armenian Armed Forces, SİA informs.
Aghdam district was returned to Azerbaijan on November 20 following the tripartite statement signed by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Russian President Vladimir Putin on November 10, 2020.
Aghdam was occupied by the Armenian Armed Forces on July 23, 1993. About 846 sq. km. (77.4%), of Aghdam, located in the center of Karabakh, i.e. 1 city and 80 villages fell into the hands of Armenians. Twenty-six out of 38 collective and state farms, 105 out of 129 healthcare facilities, 74 out of 108 schools, 199 out of 271 houses of culture, 24 construction organizations, 67 enterprises, and 14 out of 17 mosques of the district were occupied. As a result of the Armenian occupation, Agdam suffered over $13.1 billion in damage. The city of Aghdam, its numerous historical monuments, cultural and architectural sites, and the Bread Museum, the first in the former USSR and the second in the world, were savagely destroyed by the enemy.
Aghdam gave 6,000 martyrs in battles with the enemy; 16 of them are National Heroes of Azerbaijan. As a result of the occupation, 143,000 out of 160,000 residents of the district became IDPs in their country. At present, Aghdam has a population of more than 204,000. About 160,000 of them are IDPs.
The withdrawal of the occupying Armenian Armed Forces from Aghdam was possible thanks to the political leadership and commanding skills of the President of Azerbaijan, victorious Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev, and successful military operations of the Azerbaijani Army in the Great Patriotic War.