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56 Deaths, 213 Injuries Occur at Soleimani’s Funeral

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians gathered in Qassem Soleimani’s hometown of Kerman in southeastern Iran on Tues. 7 Jan. 2020 for the burial of the slain commander of the Revolutionary Guards Quds Force. Kerman is the city of Soleimani’s birth and burial. Local media outlets reported at least 56 deaths in a stampede that took place at the beginning of the funeral, with another 213 injured. The reason for the crush is still unknown. It is estimated that some 1 million people turned out in the streets of Tehran earlier in the day to witness just one of several other funeral processions held around the country. Iranian leaders vowed that the legacy of Soleimani – who was considered one of Iran’s most powerful figures after the Grand Ayatollah – would only be strengthened by his death. (VFI News)  

“The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the legacy of fools.” Prov. 3:35