Quds Day to Be Marked in 80 Countries: Iranian Official
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An Iranian official announced on Tuesday that commemorative rallies to mark the International Quds Day will be held in 80 countries on Friday.
Ramezan Sharif, head of the Intifada (Uprising) and Quds Center at Iran’s Coordination Council of Islamic Propagation, said in a press conference that Iranians will also take part in nationwide demonstrations in 770 different locations on July 25 to show solidarity with people of Palestine.
Sharif also noted that 3,600 reporters, including 210 foreign journalists, will cover this year’s rallies on Quds Day across the country.
The International Quds Day is an annual event during which demonstrators express their solidarity with the Palestinian people and opposition to the occupation of the Palestinian territories by the Zionist regime of Israel.
The day is also seen as the legacy of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini, who officially declared the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as International Quds Day back in 1979.
This year's rallies come against the backdrop of a massive Israeli onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip.
Over 600 Palestinians have been killed and thousands more injured in 15 days of Israeli attacks.