published: 2018-06-13 09:40:55
(8 Jun 2018) Thousands of Iran-backed Shiite militiamen have marched through a main Baghdad street to mark “Jerusalem Day.”
The men in military uniforms carried posters of late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Supreme Ayatollah Ali Khamenei before setting an Israeli flag on fire.
Jerusalem Day began after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, when the Ayatollah Khomeini declared the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan a day to demonstrate the importance of Jerusalem to Muslims.
Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque is the third holiest site in Islam after the Saudi Arabian cities of Mecca and Medina.
Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.
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