Volume. 11903

Black Saturday commemorated at Azerbaijan embassy in Tehran
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_azer(1).jpgTEHRAN - The Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Tehran held a ceremony on Monday to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the January 20 tragedy, known as Black Saturday. 
A praying session was held and a documentary on this tragedy was screened for the audience.
At midnight on January 19-20, 1990, without any prior notification, the Soviet military entered Baku and fired at the civilians with machine guns and Kalashnikovs. That night 137 persons were killed by the Soviet army and more than 700 persons were injured. 
Besides Muslim Azerbaijanis, other inhabitants of Baku, including 6 Russians, 3 Tatars, 3 Jews were killed. Among the killed there were 4 policemen, 1 doctor, and 4 scholars.
The Azeri nation commemorates the memory of its heroes annually on January 20, and this day is a national mourning day in the country.

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