More than 35 civilians annihilated in a horrific stampede at Qassem Soleimani’s funeral
State television reported that a stampede occurred last week at a funeral procession for a former Iranian general killed in a U.S. airstrike, killing 35 people and injuring 48 others.
The massacre actually occurred in Kerman, Gen. Qassem Soleimani’s hometown of the Revolutionary Guard, as the procession began. Initial online videos showed people lying lifeless on a road, while others shouted and wanted to help them.
In its online article, Iranian state television provided the casualty count, without specifying where the information was shared.
Earlier, Pirhossein Koulivand, director of Iran’s emergency personnel, spoke to state television by telephone and confirmed that the feeding frenzy took place.
“Sadly, some of our fellow countrymen were injured as a result of the stampede and some were killed during most of the memorial services,” he added.
Monday’s Tehran parade gathered over 1 million participants in the Iranian capital, squeezing Tehran’s main roads and residential streets.
The death of Soleimani has sparked calls across Iran for revenge on America for a slaughter that has raised tensions across the Middle East dramatically.
Earlier than usual Tuesday, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard leader threatened to “set ablaze” destinations backed by the U.S. over the slaying of a top Iranian general last week in a U.S. airstrike, sparking shouts from the audience of “Death to Israel” followers!
In front of a crowd of thousands gathered in a central square in Kerman, Hossein Salami made the pledge before a casket bearing the corpses of Soleimani.