TEHRAN: Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani will be laid to rest today in his hometown of Kerman as part of three days of ceremonies across the country, the Revolutionary Guards said.
The US military martyred Soleimani on Friday in an air strike outside Baghdad international airport that shocked the Islamic republic and sparked fears of a new war in the Middle East.
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei swiftly promised “severe revenge” and declared three days of mourning.
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has publicly wept presiding over a vast public funeral procession in Tehran for Qassem Suleimani on Monday.
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Khamenei’s voice cracked with emotion as he recited prayers over the casket of Suleimani, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force, as well as others killed in the attack, which has drastically raised tensions between Tehran and Washington.
Roads across the city were blocked by heavy traffic as hundreds of thousands of mourners thronged the area around Tehran University before the procession made its way towards Azadi (Freedom) Square on Monday morning.
State media said millions of people had poured on to the streets of the Iranian capital. The scale of the crowds shown on television appeared to be the biggest since the funeral in 1989 of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.