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Mourners gathered amid shouts of “revenge” to bid farewell to Qasim Soleimani in his town

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Mourners crowded the streets of Kerman, Qasem Soleimani hometown, on Tuesday amid cries of revenge for the assassination of the commander of Iran’s Quds Force in a US strike in Iraq on Friday.

“No compromise, no surrender, revenge!” The mourners gathered to take a final look at the coffin in which Soleimani body was shrouded in Kerman, southeast of the country.

Soleimani, who was very popular in Iran, was killed in a US drone strike near Baghdad International Airport.

US President Donald Trump’s assassination has escalated tensions between Iran and the United States and raised fears of a new war in the Middle East.

The Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, vowed “harsh retaliation” and declared three days of mourning in the wake of the assassination, which was shocking in the Islamic Republic.

The tide of massive human wear in black mourning clothes paralyzed Kerman in a scene similar to that seen in the cities of Ahvaz, Tehran, Qom and Mashhad.

As the funeral procession passed, the mourners threw their scarves over the truck carrying Soleimani coffin to bless the blood of the “martyr”.

The crowd marched slowly as the military truck carrying the bodies of General Soleimani and his companions advanced. Emotions flared with revenge cries.

“He was like a father to all of us … a father we used to all trust and cherish,” one woman, crying, told AFP.

“God will take revenge for their blood,” said a 45-year-old woman who presented herself in the name of Durrani.

– “We are all Soleimani” –

“The general was a great man. We cannot get to his rank … It is almost impossible for someone to replace him, but his flag will never be a whip,” said Hemat Dhaqan, an old soldier who was part of the march.

“We are all Soleimani. Vengeance, and nothing but revenge. Vengeance is by any means the leaders see fit. We may fall from our horse but we do not abandon our principles,” 56-year-old Dehghan told AFP.

In some places, on the outskirts of the march the chants suddenly turned to shouting as though from one throat “revenge and revenge!” When the beating of drums began with the same rhythm that accompanied the processions of the funeral of Imam Hussain.

Some climbed to the rooftops, away from the crowded streets where huge scarlet flags were raised, inscribed with a bold black script: “Vengeance will be cruel” against Soleimani killers. The same emblem is written on a huge poster covering the side of a four-storey mall.

But not all participants in Tuesday’s march were invited to enter a military conflict with the United States.

“Certainly, war is the last resort. No one supports the war,” Durrani said.

“It was an American trick to stir the anger of the Iranians and drag us into war, but it will not work,” she said, adding that she would do whatever the supreme leader demands.

“Today we are witnessing the funeral of a great leader of Iran and Islam, and we as the generosity are very proud of that.”

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