Ira­ni­ans hold anti-Is­rael ral­lies to mark al-Quds day

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

TEHRAN—Ira­ni­ans are stag­ing Fri­day anti-Is­rael ral­lies across the coun­try, with pro­test­ers con­demn­ing the Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion of Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries and chant­ing “death to Is­rael.”

Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple are marching in the cap­i­tal, Tehran, as part of the al-Quds day ral­lies held each year on the last Fri­day of Ra­madan. Some pro­test­ers tram­pled the Is­raeli flag and also chanted “down with the USA.” Ira­nian state me­dia re­ports that sim­i­lar ral­lies are tak­ing place across the coun­try. Iran does not rec­og­nize Is­rael and has marked al-Quds day since the start of its 1979 Is­lamic rev­o­lu­tion. Al-Quds is a his­toric Ara­bic name for Jerusalem, and Iran says the day is an oc­ca­sion to ex­press support for the Pales­tini­ans and em­pha­size the im­por­tance of Jerusalem for Muslims.—Agen­cies

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