New Delhi: At least 50 people believed to have been killed on Tuesday as a stampede broke out during the funeral procession of Iranian top commander Qasem Soleimani who died in a drone strike last week on the orders of US President Donald Trump. The funeral procession started after Soleimani’s body arrived in his home town of Kerman in southeast Iran for burial.
As per reports, a sea of black-clad mourners on Tuesday poured into the streets of Kerman to attend the funeral of Qassem Soleimani. He will be buried in Kerman today, his home town located in southeast Iran.
To express solidarity, tens of thousands of mourners walked through the streets of Karman ahead of the burial. During the funeral procession, they carried the Iranian flag and the images of the general.
Soleimani’s assassination in the US airstrike has triggered a dramatic escalation of tensions in the Middle East and marked the most significant confrontation between the US and Iran in recent years.
On Monday, hundreds of thousands of mourners, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, got together in Tehran and paid tribute to Soleimani.
To pay last respects, people of Iran walked toward the University of Tehran near Enghelab Square, where the funeral rites began with many chanting slogans against the US and Israel.
On Monday General Soleimani’s daughter, Zeinab, addressed the crowd and said: “The name Haj Qassem Soleimani is now shaking the nest of Zionism, Takfirism, and the order of hegemony.”
She said that America and Zionism should know that her father’s martyrdom has awakened more human instincts on the resistance front. “It will make life a nightmare for them and shatter their spider houses,” the Tehran-based Press TV reported her as saying.
Security forces were deployed in Tehran as huge number of mourners gathered to pay respect to him. As part of the rituals, funeral ceremonies were held on Sunday in Ahvaz, the main city in the country’s eight-year battle against the forces of the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
After receiving threat from Iran, US President Donald Trump on Sunday warned in a tweet that the US will quickly and fully strike back, and perhaps in a disproportionate manner.