Palestinians in Gaza mourn Iran's Qasem Soleimani

WION Web Team New Delhi Jan 04, 2020, 08.31 PM(IST)

Palestinians burn representations of a U.S. flag and an Israeli flag during a protest against the killing of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, in Gaza January 4, 2020. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Leaders of the Islamist Hamas group, which rules Gaza, and of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad faction, both backed by Iran, joined mourners at a tent erected in Soleimani's honour in the heart of Gaza City.

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Saturday mourned the death of Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Qasem Soleimani who was killed by a US air strike in Iraq, reported news agency Reuters.

Leaders of the Islamist Hamas group, which rules Gaza, and of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad faction, both backed by Iran, joined mourners at a tent erected in Soleimani's honour in the heart of Gaza City.

Flags of the United States and Israel were laid on the ground for visitors to tread on as they entered, passing murals of Soleimani.

The flags were later set on fire.

"We are loyal to those who stood with the resistance and with Palestine and we hold the U.S administration and the Zionist occupation fully responsible for the consequences of this deplorable crime," said Ismail Radwan, a Hamas official.

Soleimani, 62, was the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps' foreign legions. As head of the Quds Force, he was the architect of Iran's drive to spread its influence in the Middle East through proxy militias, some of them now operating on the doorstep of its arch-enemy Israel.

(With inputs from Reuters)