At least 56 people were killed in a stampede at funeral of the Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, Tuesday.
Hundreds were injured. Huge crowds gathered in his hometown of Kerman. The streets were not wide enough to hold the number of people. The general Soleimani headed Iran’s elite Quds Force and mastermind of its regional security strategy. Top Iranian officials renewed their threats of revenge. Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called Soleimani's killing by the U.S. an act of "state terrorism." To the US instead, Soleimani was a terrorist. President Donald Trump said he was acting on an "imminent" threat. Soleimani's killing has raised fears of a conflict between the US and Iran. Mourners in Kerman chanted "death to America" and "death to Trump" as reporters said.
Iranian Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei mourning
Iranian parliamentarians have approved a motion designating the US Army and the Pentagon as terrorist organisations subject to Iranian sanctions. According to a report on Tuesday by the semi-official Tasnim news agency, Iran has worked up 13 sets of plans for revenge for Soleimani’s killing.The Iranian government launched a massive effort to mobilise as many people as possible. Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force, said “The only thing that can compensate the blood of this martyr [Soleimani] is the complete destruction of America in the region.”