Mourners Converged on Kerman at Soleimani Funeral - Focus News


Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Mourners Converged on Kerman at Soleimani Funeral

Thousands of mourners converged on Kerman the hometown of Soleimani today where he will be buried later, four days after he was killed in a US drone strike in Baghdad. 
Crowds chanted 'death to Trump' and 'death to Israel' as they wailed over Soleimani's coffin amid angry exchanges of rhetoric between Washington and Tehran. 
Iran's supreme leader Khamenei, who yesterday wept in public over Soleimani's coffin, has ordered his country's forces to retaliate directly against US interests rather than relying on its proxies in the region. 
Speaking to the crowds today, the leader of Iran's revolutionary guards Hossein Salami vowed to 'take revenge' and 'set ablaze' places supported by the United States. Daily Mail reports.

US forces are braced for a reprisal but their future in the Middle East was thrown into confusion yesterday when a letter confirming a withdrawal from Iraq was apparently circulated by mistake. 

Donald Trump has vowed to retaliate if Iran strikes against US targets, despite lukewarm support from his allies including Israel which today declared its intention to 'stay out of it'.
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netayau has told his cabinet that Israel should stay off from the Iranian issue as Trump plans to retaliate back on Iran. He said "Soleimani's killing is US of event and not Israeli event".
Israel's energy minister Yuval Steinitz also sought to distance the country from the attack, telling Israeli radio that the government was 'standing on the sidelines, observing events'.  

Iran could retaliate against Israel and a top Iranian official threatened on Sunday to turn the Israeli cities of Haifa and Tel Aviv 'to dust'. 
Angry mourners have chanted 'Death to Israel!' and burned Israeli flags at the huge funeral processions for Soleimani in recent days.

However, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said the 'American military presence in the region' should be the target of reprisals. 
Israel has vowed to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and may find it hard to stay on the sidelines if Tehran continues to abandon the deal.  
Israel is widely believed to posses its own arsenal of nuclear warheads, but neither confirms nor denies it.

Source: Daily Mail

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