The Iranian supporters gathered together to mourn the death of their general Qassem Soleimani who was killed in a US airstrike last week.
January 7, 2020: Yesterday a funeral procession saw around a million people gathering to mourn the death of their general Qassem Soleimani who was assassinated by the US airstrike. The procession started at Tehran where people crowded the streets and main roads in the city. They were dressed in black and carried posters of their national hero.
According to the reports as shared by the Iranian State TV, as the funeral reached the final stage of the procession at the general's hometown of Kerman, a stampede erupted which killed 35 people and injured around 48 supporters who were part of the funeral.
The death of Soleimani has sparked high tension across the Middle East countries and the conflict between US-Iran has escalated as Iran is ready to take revenge against America for killing its top leader or national hero. This has also pushed Iran to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal limits which has forced the Americans staying in Iran to leave.
As per America, Soleimani was the main cause of the killing of American troops in Iraq and the only plotted the attacks on the US Embassy in Baghdad. He also served as the main person standing for Iran with other countries like Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen.
On Tuesday evening, Soleimani will be buried between the graves of the two former Guard comrades namely, Enayatollah Talebizadeh and Mohammad Hossein Yousef Elahi who died in 1980s war with Iraq in which Soleimani also participated. This was the war that cut off Iraq from the Persian Gulf and killed more than 1 million people.