Stampede At Qasim Suleimani’s Funeral: At Least 35 Dead
Stampede At Qasim Suleimani‘s Funeral: At Least 35 Dead General Qasim Suleiman, the commander of the Jerusalem Force of the Revolutionary Guards, who was killed by the US attack in Iraq on Friday, will be buried in a ceremony in his hometown of Kerman. Iranian state television reported that at least 35 people died and 110 injured in the stampede.
Reaching Kerman in the morning, the funeral was met with a military ceremony at the airport.
Tens of thousands attend the ceremony.
Some Iranians carry red flags at the ceremony.
In the Shia tradition, this means the desire to avenge the bloodshed.
Qasim Suleimani’s funeral was spent in areas where he served during the Iran-Iraq War, where he fought and fronted after joining the Revolutionary Guard.
The funeral was also taken from places sacred to Shiites in both Iraq and Iran to the Iraqi town of Kazimiye, where some of the 12 imams holy to Shiites have shrines.
He was taken to Mashhad, where the Shiite Imam Reza’s tomb is located in Iran, after the ceremonies in Iraq, where the hashish Shabi groups took part with their own flags.
Hundreds of thousands of Iranians attended the ceremony in Qom, where Shia Imams are mostly trained and most of them are sacred, and in front of the former US embassy building in Tehran, which was raided after the Iranian Revolution and is now used by the Quds Force.
Iranian state television reported that “millions” attended the ceremony.
Religious Leader Khamenei Could Not Hold Back His Tears
Iran’s religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who led the ceremony at Tehran University, had said Suleimani’s revenge would be taken “in the heaviest way.”
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described Sulaymani and the five others killed in the attack as “martyrs,” unable to hold back tears as he spoke.