AlJazeera prepared a report on Aghdam - Aghdam will be transformed into a "smart city" concept - VIDEO | Eurasia Diary - ednews.net

16 September, Thursday

AlJazeera prepared a report on Aghdam - Aghdam will be transformed into a "smart city" concept - VIDEO

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Agdam was once a bustling city, home to about 40,000 people before Armenian forces took it in 1993. Since then, the area has been a buffer zone. Nearly 30 years later, when Azerbaijani forces entered Agdam, they found it deserted.

Eurasia Diary reports that the video shows images of Aghdam in the rubble.

"Everything could be found in the Aghdam market. There was a theater here in the 1930s. During the Armenian occupation of Aghdam, the local population was driven east as a result of heavy fighting. Armenians destroyed and looted all infrastructure."

It used the area as a buffer zone until it lost control of the area in November last year. Hundreds of thousands of mines were reportedly planted in the area by Armenians as they retreated. After Azerbaijan took control of the area, it carried out demining operations to settle the population.

The video displays Aghdam, which was distinctive with its green areas and pure water, is now hard to recognize. The city was once at the forefront of development. However, plans for revival could mean it becomes a home again. The Azerbaijani government says it is determined to transform regained territories like Agdam into areas of high-tech development based on what it calls the "smart city" concept. But that could take years.

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