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Iran holds annual anti-Israel rallies, displays missiles

24 June 2017

Protesters across Iran are taking part in the country's annual display of support for the Palestinian Territories, burning blue and white Israeli flags and chanting "Death to Israel!".

The annual show of solidarity with the Palestinians, which sees hundreds of thousands take to the streets, was launched by Iran's revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and is now marked by its allies across the Middle East.

In Tehran, the rallies were organized in ten routes ending at the University of Tehran, where worshippers attended the weekly Friday congregation.

"This year's rally...shows people want our region to be cleaned up from terrorists, backed by the Zionist regime (Israel)", Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told state TV.

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"Death to the House of Saud and Daesh (IS)", the demonstrators chanted.

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"We are here to express our hatred against Saudi Arabia, Israel and America", said Zahedi, 57.

The president also pointed to an anti-Iran sanctions bill passed by the U.S. senate last week, saying the new officials in Washington have made wrong calculations if they think they could pressure Iran with congressional measures.

Larijani called Israel the "mother of terrorism" and said in the "20th century, there was no event more ominous than the birth of the Zionist regime".

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In a communiqué issued at the end of the rallies, the demonstrators renewed the call for the liberation of Palestine from Israeli occupation as an ideal of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. The regime has also been expanding settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds in breach of global laws.

Iran holds annual anti-Israel rallies, displays missiles