Worshipers in Iran chant “Death to Israel” hours after suspected drone attack

(19 Apr 2024)
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Tehran, Iran – 19 April 2024
1. Worshipers waving Iranian and Palestinian flags after Friday prayers
2. Demonstrators holding flags and posters
3. Demonstrators chanting, UPSOUND (Farsi): "Palestine will win, Israel will be destroyed" as some hold signs reading (English/Arabic/Farsi): "Down with Israel" and another reading (Farsi): "Thank you IRGC! (referring to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps)"
4. Demonstrators chanting, UPSOUND (Farsi): "Death to Israel"
5. SOUNDBITE (Farsi) Karimi (first name not given), worshiper:
"They (Israelis) didn’t do anything special, based off what I heard from news agencies. I don’t think they have the courage to do anything after Iran’s successful strike."
6. Worshiper Hassan Azizmohammadi holding Palestinian flag and chanting, UPSOUND (Farsi): "Death to Israel"
7. SOUNDBITE (Farsi) Hassan Azizmohammadi, 37, worshiper:
"For now, nothing has happened that would need a reaction (by Iran). (Israel) must go and do something about the slap it received, it’s stuck in a swamp and it has no way back or forward. The more it struggles, the deeper down it will go. Ultimately, based on God’s promise, it will definitely be destroyed."
8. Demonstrators walking, chanting
STORYLINE:
Worshipers in Tehran chanted "death to Israel" on Friday, hours after an apparent Israeli drone strike in Iran.

The reported attack saw Iranian troops fire air defenses at a major air base and a nuclear site near the central city of Isfahan.

It came days after Tehran’s unprecedented drone-and-missile assault on Israel.

"What Israel did today was nothing special, it was just a bunch of small drones that apparently took off from inside the country," said Hassan Azizmohammadi, one of the worshipers who attended the rally following Friday prayers.

No Iranian official directly acknowledged the possibility that Israel had attacked, and the Israeli military did not respond to a request for comment.

However, tensions have been high since the Saturday assault on Israel amid its war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip and its own strikes targeting Iran in Syria.

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