הלוויה לקאסם סולימאני  בכרמאן
Stampede at Soleimani's funeral
Photo: Reuters
Stampede at Soleimani's funeral

Iran TV: 40 killed as stampede erupts at procession for slain general

State media outlet reports at least 213 people had also been injured during the funeral of Qassem Soleimani, held in the general's hometown, where thousands gathered to pay their respects and call for revenge on U.S.

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Published: 01.07.20 , 11:37
A stampede erupted on Tuesday at a funeral procession for a top Iranian general killed in a U.S. airstrike last week, killing 40 people and injuring 213 others, state television reported.
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  • Iranian state TV gave the casualty toll in its online report, without saying where it obtained the information. Pirhossein Koulivand, the head of Iran's emergency medical services, earlier spoke by telephone to state TV and confirmed the stampede took place.
    הלוויה לקאסם סולימאני  בכרמאןהלוויה לקאסם סולימאני  בכרמאן
    Stampede at Soleimani's funeral
    (Photo: Reuters)
    "Unfortunately as a result of the stampede, some of our compatriots have been injured and some have been killed during the funeral processions," he said.
    A procession in Tehran on Monday drew over 1 million people in the Iranian capital, crowding both main thoroughfares and side streets in Tehran.
    איראן כרמאן הלוויה קאסם סולימאני הרוגים נרמסואיראן כרמאן הלוויה קאסם סולימאני הרוגים נרמסו
    Footage from the stampede
    Soleimani's death has sparked calls across Iran for revenge against Americafor a slaying that's drastically raised tensions across the Middle East.
    Early Tuesday, the leader of Iran's Revolutionary Guard threatened to "set ablaze" places supported by the United States over the killing of a top Iranian general in a U.S. airstrike last week, sparking cries from the crowd of supporters of "Death to Israel!" Hossein Salami made the pledge before a crowd of thousands gathered in a central square in Kerman before a casket carrying Soleimani's remains.
    איראן כרמאן הלוויה קאסם סולימאניאיראן כרמאן הלוויה קאסם סולימאני
    Funeral procession for a top Iranian general
    (Photo: AFP)
    In the meantime, according to an earlier report by the semi-official Tasnim news agency, Iran has worked up 13 sets of plans for revenge for Soleimani's killing. The report quoted Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, as saying that even the weakest among them would be a "historic nightmare" for the U.S. He declined to give any details,
    "If the U.S. troops do not leave our region voluntarily and upright, we will do something to carry their bodies horizontally out," Shamkhani said.
    הלוויה לקאסם סולימאני  בכרמאןהלוויה לקאסם סולימאני  בכרמאן
    Calls for revenge at Soleimani's funeral
    (Photo: AFP)
    Iran's parliament, meanwhile, passed an urgent bill declaring the U.S. military's command at the Pentagon and those acting on its behalf in Soleimani's killing as "terrorists," subject to Iranian sanctions. The measure appears to be an attempt to mirror a decision by President Donald Trump in April to declare the Revolutionary Guard a "terrorist organization."
    The U.S. Defense Department used the Guard's designation as a terror organization in the U.S. to support the strike that killed Soleimani. The decision by Iran's parliament, done by a special procedure to speed the bill to law, comes as officials across the country threaten to retaliate for Soleimani's killing.
    The vote also saw lawmakers approve funding for the Quds Force with an additional 200 million euros, or about $224 million.
    הלוויה לקאסם סולימאני  בכרמאןהלוויה לקאסם סולימאני  בכרמאן
    Soleimani's third funeral in his hometown of Kernan
    (Photo: AFP)
    Also Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the U.S. had declined to issue him a visa to travel to New York for upcoming meetings at the United Nations. The U.S. as the host of the U.N. headquarters is supposed to allow foreign officials to attend such meetings.
    "This is because they fear someone will go there and tell the truth to the American people," Zarif said. "But they are mistaken. The world is not limited to New York. You can speak with American people from Tehran too and we will do that.”
    The U.S. State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    Solemani will be buried later Tuesday between the graves of Enayatollah Talebizadeh and Mohammad Hossein Yousef Elahi, two former Guard comrades. The two died in Operation Dawn 8 in Iran's 1980s war with Iraq in which Soleimani also took part, a 1986 amphibious assault that cut Iraq off from the Persian Gulf and led to the end of the bloody war that killed 1 million people.

    First published: 11:37 , 01.07.20
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