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Soleimani’s burial: 56 killed, 213 injured in stampede
In each place, huge numbers of people filled thoroughfares, chanting “Death to America” and weeping with emotion. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei shed tears as he led prayers in Tehran on Monday.
JANUARY 7, 2020 23:01
A stampede broke out at IRGC’s Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani’s funeral, killing 56 people and injuring more than 210, the semi-official Fars news agency reported, citing an emergency services official. Iran’s ISNA news agency said the burial of Soleimani had been postponed due to the deaths and injuries, but did not say how long any delay would last.
The death toll in a stampede during the funeral rose to 56 on Tuesday, Iran’s ISNA news agency reported.
The news agency was quoting the chief coroner for Kerman province, Abbas Amian. The funeral was taking place in the city of Kerman, Soleimani’s hometown.
Tens of thousands of people had gathered in Kerman to pay tribute to Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike in Iraq on Friday.
“Today, because of the heavy congestion of the crowd, a number of our fellow citizens who were mourning were unfortunately injured and a number were killed,” emergency medical services chief Pirhossein Kolivand told state television.