Burning US flags and chanting ‘Death to Israel,’ Iran marks 45 years since the Islamic Revolution

Azadi (Freedom) Tower is illuminated with pictures of Iranian late supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Iran's national flag during a ceremony for the 45th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, in Tehran, February 10, 2024. (AFP)
Azadi (Freedom) Tower is illuminated with pictures of Iranian late supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Iran's national flag during a ceremony for the 45th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, in Tehran, February 10, 2024. (AFP)

Iran is marking the 45th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution amid tensions gripping the wider Middle East over the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, which began with the shock terror onslaught carried out by the Iran-backed group on October 7.

Thousands of Iranians march through major streets and squares decorated with flags, balloons and banners with revolutionary and religious slogans.

In Tehran, crowds wave Iranian flags, chant slogans, and carry placards with the traditional “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” written on them. Some burned US and Israeli flags, a common practice in pro-government rallies.

There is a heavy security presence in the major cities across the country as the anniversary came a month after a deadly attack by ISIS in the central city of Kerman that left at least 95 people dead during a commemoration for prominent Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, whom the US killed in a 2020 drone strike.

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