Bashlibel tragedy

One of such atrocities was committed by Armenians against our nation in Bashlibel village during the occupation of Kelbejer region in April 1993. 62 persons who did not leave their native lands sought refuge in the mountains during the occupation. Armenian terrorists revealed the place where women, children and elderly people hid on April 18, 1993. Those people put up resistance to the enemy with only 2 shotguns and a few automatic weapons of soldiers who protected the people. Armenian terrorists shot dead 27 people during the occupation of Bashlibel. Armenians burned Huseyn Huseynov who participated at the World War II while occupying Bashlibel village. They killed villager Ganaet Aghamirov who suffered mental illness with a great torture. 19 villagers (women, children and elderly people) were taken hostage by Armenian militants, while 30 persons who could escape from enemy shells retreated to the mountains and stayed in the siege for more 113 days. Those who could survive faced death for many times and were hungry and thirsty for many days. 29 persons who managed to break through the blockade and traveled on foot for four days could enter the territories of Dashkasan on July 22, 1993. However, Alasgar Alasgarov who attended the First and Second World Wars refused to leave his native land and stayed in Bashlibel. Alasgar Alasgarov has been missing till now and there is no information about him.
Bashlibel residents did their best to protect our lands during the Daglig Karabakh war. The villagers had lived in the siege for 5 year. The electricity supply of Kelbejer was ceased in 1992. From the time to the occupation, Kelbejer region, including Bashlibel village stayed in the dark for a year and three months. Though the blockade of Armenians became narrow day after day, the residents of Bashlibel did not lose their patience and leave their native lands. Tens of villagers participated in battles with the enemy. 9 heroic sons of Bashlibel were killed for faith for the territorial integrity of our country. 4 villagers lost their health and became disabled during the occupation. 2 villagers are missing and there has not been any information about them until the present time.
Bashlibel is one of the greatest and most ancient villages of Kelbejer region. The village with the area of 7659 hectares used to be located on the slope of the Dalidag, in the cross of the rivers Bashlibel and Baritli. Indigenous people who had resided in the village by 1993 were Azerbaijani Turks. The history of Bashlibel village has not been completely studied, though it is very ancient. According to the village elders, ancestors of the current inhabitants of Bashlibel settled in the village nearly in the XVII century. There had been an ancient grave in the old grave-yard of the village by the April of 1993. The scripts engraved on the grave with Arabic alphabet show that the persons died in 1660. However, people lived in the village before the above date. Thus, increase of the number of villagers caused construction of new houses in the upper and lower parts of Bashlibel in the middle of the 80s of the last century. At the time, old graves were revealed (approximately about IV-VI century) in 3-4 meter depth while lying grounds for houses in the lower part of the village. In some graves, human skeletons were inside special utensils made of clay. Also, variety of jewelry and metal coins belonging to ancient times were uncovered from graves. The items revealed were submitted to the Ethnography Museum of Kelbejer. However, a great majority of the historical exhibits were ruined during the occupation of Kelbejer.
The number of the population of Bashlibel village was 1790 during the occupation.  There were 323 dwelling houses, a school with 380 pupil seats, a kindergarten with 45 seats and a hospital with 45 beds. Also, there were 6 shops, a public baths, a bakery facility, a club, a culture house and 2 libraries operating in the village during the occupation. 25 trucks, 2 UAZ, 2 passenger buses, 5 tractors and tens of other agricultural machinery were left in the village during the occupation. The villages could not take any possessions from their houses, including 4500 cattle, 12 000 small animals, around 100 thousand poultry, 700 bee families were left in the village and plundered by Armenians.
Along with politicians, each country citizen is obliged to disclose atrocities committed by Armenians against our nation. Government authorities, civil society institutions and business persons should contribute this activity. Regional Human Rights and Media Center intends to provide its support to activities performed in this area. The preparation of the «Bashlibel tragedy: Armenian atrocities through the eyes of witnesses» book also serves this goal. The book includes information provided by the live witnesses of the genocide committed in Bashlibel village. They gave facts proving the bravery and patriotism of those who showed great sacrifice to save the lives of women, children and elderly people in the siege:

Khalid Kazimov,
Chairman Regional Human Rights and Media Center