Hınıs (Armenian: Խնուս) is a town and district of Erzurum Province in the Eastern Anatolia Region region of Turkey. The mayor is Hasan Basri Fırat (BDP). The population is 9,792 (as of 2010). Historical monuments in the town include the castle and the mosque "Ulu Cami" said to be built in 1734 by Alaeddin, the bey of Muş.
Hınıs and Erzurum and has a long history and or story.
The most important thing in its history is a genocide which is happened in 1918, at the end of the First World War. At that time, Ermenians killed Hınıs people (and Erzurum people) with their animals sometimes gathering and firing them. In Hınıs, Ermenians killed 682 people, in Erzurum approximately 10,000 people (9562) with killing and firing. At Erzurum's Kars door, Ermenians gathered and killed 250 people.
In Turkish "hınıs" has two meanings: one is "earth churn", the other is mean, miser.
Russian artillery commander in Erzurum Antranick said that "I witness on last day of genocide 3000 Islamic people were killed in Erzurum."
For this reason one day after from the genocide ending day, 11 and 12 March is like the rebirth day of Erzurum.
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