Millions of Muslims chanted “Death to Israel” in rallies across the globe Friday at which they also burned U.S., U.K., Israeli and Islamic State group flags.
The marches marked Al-Quds Day, which was declared by Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and is held on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Opposition to Israel is a touchstone of belief among many in the region, especially the Shia organizations resisting U.S., Israeli and Saudi designs in the Middle East and Asia.
Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani says Iran’s missile attack on Daesh positions in Syria demonstrated the Islamic Republic’s resolve to battle terrorism.
On Sunday, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) pounded Daesh headquarters in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr with ballistic missiles fired from western Iran.
The strike was a “display of a corner of Iran’s defensive capability and the Islamic Republic’s power and firm determination to fight terrorism,” Amoli Larijani said on Thursday.
He said he hoped “terrorists and their international and regional sponsors have properly received this clear message that their despicable efforts to destabilize a country which enjoys the highest level of security in the region will be met with serious and crushing responses.”
Amoli Larijani warned Takfiri and other terrorist groups not to test Iran ‘s defensive power, because it would cost them “very dearly”.
The remarks came a day after the IRGC said in a statement that the missile attack was conducted in coordination with General Staff of the Armed Forces and with the order of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, who is the commander-in-chief of the Iranian armed forces.
The IRGC fired six medium-range missiles at Daesh targets in Dayr al-Zawr, which killed more than 170 Takfiri terrorists, including a number of commanders and senior elements, and inflicted heavy damage on their equipment and systems, it added.
The missile attack was in retaliation for the June 7 terror attacks in Tehran, where gunmen mounted assaults on Iran’s Parliament and the mausoleum of late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini, killing 18 people and injuring over 50 others. Daesh claimed responsibility for the incident.
On Tuesday, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said the missile strike was just a small part of the Islamic Republic’s reaction to the “indiscriminate” attacks by the terror group on the Iranian soil.
Dehqan said Iran’s defense doctrine is based on the principle of deterrence, adding the country is capable of designing and producing different types of ballistic and cruise missiles featuring high precision and destructive power.