People around the world are starting to intl. Quds Day in solidarity with the Palestinians

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Millions of people are taking part in the International Quds Day rallies in Iran and other countries to show their solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian people and to condemn Israeli atrocities against Palestinians in the occupied territories.

Rallies in Iran, organized by the Islamic Propagation Coordination Council (IPCC), began at 10 a.m. local time (0530 GMT) in Tehran and about 900 other cities across the country.

The people attending the rallies seek to tell the world the deplorable conditions Israel is inflicting on the Palestinians and urge the Israeli regime to respect the rights of the Palestinian people.

They also seize the opportunity to highlight Israel’s decades-long occupation of Palestine and the regime’s atrocities against the Palestinians.

Ten routes have been identified for the rallies in the Iranian capital, which will witness the start of the demonstrations.

For the past two years, Iran had replaced street rallies with online events to commemorate International Quds Day as a deadly coronavirus pandemic restricted mass gatherings around the world.

Every year on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, global rallies are held to commemorate the Palestinian people’s resistance to Israel and their struggle to liberate their lands occupied by Israel for decades.

The annual event is seen as an opportunity for freedom-seeking people around the world, regardless of their faith, to express their support for the Palestinian cause and vent their anger against the Tel Aviv apartheid regime that has occupied the Palestinian territories since 1967 holds.

International Quds Day is part of the legacies of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini, who is revered as a spiritual leader by Muslims around the world. As early as 1979, shortly after leading an Islamic revolution that toppled the US-backed Shah of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini named the last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan as Quds Day.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces have continued their attacks on Palestinian worshipers at the compound of al-Aqsa Mosque in the old city of occupied al-Qud.

The troops fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowd.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, at least three people were injured.

Tensions in the occupied Palestinian territories have remained high in recent weeks. The situation is particularly tense in al-Quds, where the compound of the al-Aqsa mosque is located.

Israeli forces have on several occasions attacked Palestinian worshipers there who had gathered for prayer during the holy month of Ramadan.

The desecration of the mosque was widely condemned, and Palestinian resistance groups promised a firm response.

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