Over 50 people were killed and 200 people injured in a stampede that occurred today at the funeral of Iran’s Major General Qasem Soleimani Qasem Soleimani.
Hundreds of Thousands of Iranians took to the streets to mourn for the loss of Soleimani and it’s believed that the stampede was caused by the overcrowding of people near the burial ground where Soleimani will be buried.
After the deaths, the funeral and burial were delayed until further notice.
General Soleimani was assassinated on January 3, 2020 by a United States Drone strike after the (DOD)Department of Defense had determined that Soleimani was planning on killing more Americans. In a statement issued by the Department of Defense on 01/02/2019, The Department of Defense said, “General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region. General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more. He had orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months – including the attack on December 27th – culminating in the death and wounding of additional American and Iraqi personnel. General Soleimani also approved the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that took place this week”.
After the killing of Soleimani Iran vowed revenge and stated it would no longer comply with the 2015 nuclear deal and Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said after the attacks,”If the U.S. troops do not leave our region voluntarily and upright, we will do something to carry their bodies horizontally out”.