TEHRAN, Iran — Thousands of Iranians gathered on the streets Saturday to mark the anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” They condemned Washington’s assist of Israel because it strikes the Gaza Strip in its warfare in opposition to Hamas.
The rally — which was referred to as for by the state — got here because the Israel-Hamas warfare entered its fourth week. About 1,400 folks in Israel have been killed and over 240 taken hostage after Hamas’ shock assault on Oct.7. The Israeli retaliatory operation has killed over 9,000 folks within the Gaza Strip.
People assembled outdoors the previous U.S. Embassy in Tehran, with some burning American and Israeli flags.
Protesters stomped on photos of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Joe Biden. Others carried banners calling the U.S., “Great Satan.” The banner on the primary podium learn: “We trample America below our ft.”
Parliament speaker, Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, addressed the crowds whereas criticizing U.S. assist of Israel. “We think about the prison U.S. a principal wrongdoer in all these crimes,” in Gaza and in opposition to Palestinians, he mentioned.
Qalibaf claimed that the Hamas assault on Israel has precipitated “irreparable” intelligence and safety harm to the Israeli state.
In an announcement revealed on behalf of the protesters on the finish of the commemoration, they referred to as for an “rapid cease-fire” in Gaza and warned the U.S., Britain, and France that the disaster may broaden within the area. The assertion ended with a vow that Iranians would stand by Palestine “till remaining victory.”
The demonstration started in Palestine Square in central Tehran. Protesters walked for practically two kilometers (1.32 miles) until they reached the previous U.S. Embassy compound. State TV confirmed footage of comparable rallies in different Iranian cities and cities.
The annual rally is a venue for anti-Western sentiments and often attracts indignant crowds.
On Wednesday, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticized the U.S. for its assist of Israel, saying Israel would have been paralyzed with out American assist.
He referred to as for an finish to the Israel-Hamas warfare and for Muslim-majority nations to halt financial cooperation with the Jewish state.
Iran is a identified backer of anti-Israeli militant teams such because the Palestinian Hamas and Islamic Jihad in addition to the Lebanese Hezbollah.