The people of Kerman flocked to the center of the Iranian city today, where General Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated by the United States, is to be buried.
Tens of thousands of people, dressed in black, wore images of Soleimani and demanded revenge on the United States for an air strike that drastically increased tensions in the Middle East.
On Monday, Iranian police said millions of people gathered in Tehran to pay tribute to the general and the other victims of the US air strike in Baghdad.
According to the Associated Press, based on aerial photographs taken on Monday, at least one million people were concentrated in the Iranian capital.
The burial of Iranian elite commander Al-Quds will be held in southern Iran at a ceremony to be chaired by Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Qassem Soleimani died on Friday in an air raid on his car near Baghdad International Airport, ordered by US President Donald Trump.
In the same attack also died 'number two' of the coalition of pro-Iranian paramilitary groups in Iraq, Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis, known as the Popular Mobilization (Hachd al-Chaabi), and eight others.
The attack came three days after an unprecedented two-day assault on the US embassy that ended only when Donald Trump announced the deployment of another 750 soldiers to the Middle East.
Iran has vowed revenge and announced on Sunday that it will no longer respect the limits imposed by the 2015 nuclear treaty with the five countries sitting on the United Nations Security Council — Russia, France, the United Kingdom, China and the USA — Germany, and aimed at restricting Iran's nuclear weapons development capability. The United States abandoned the agreement in May 2018.
In Iraq, parliament passed a resolution urging the government to tear the 2016 agreement with the US, in which Washington pledges to help fight the Islamic State terrorist group and justifies the presence of some 5,200 military personnel. Americans in Iraqi territory.
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