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Iran, world countries mark Quds Day with rallies

Millions of people are taking to the streets across Iran and other world countries Friday to show their solidarity with the Palestinians and condemn Zionist regime’s decades-long occupation and atrocities.

According to Press TV, the rallies are held to mark World Quds Day, which falls on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

In Tehran and other cities and towns, people from all walks of life are gathering for the annual event which usually marks chanting slogans against Zionist regime and burning its flags.

The occasion is a legacy of the late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini (God bless his soul), followed by Muslims in other countries to support the Palestinian struggle against Tel Aviv regime.

On Wednesday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei emphasized the importance of World Quds Day.

“It is not just that we are defending an oppressed nation that has been driven out of its home. We are actually fighting against an oppressive and arrogant political system,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Half a century of occupation

Earlier this month, Palestinians marked the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War, which saw Zionist regime occupied the West Bank, East al-Quds, the Gaza Strip and part of Syria’s Golan Heights.

In November that year, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 242, under which Israel is required to withdraw from all territories seized in the war.

Tel Aviv withdrew from Gaza in 2005, but has been keeping the coastal enclave under a crippling siege and regular deadly offensives. The regime has also been expanding settlements across the West Bank and East al-Quds in breach of international laws.

The global protests this year coincide with stepped-up assassination of Palestinians, their forced displacement and abusive detention by Zionist regime of Israel.