Death toll at Soleimani’s funeral rises to 50
The death toll from the crush at Soleimani’s funeral has increased to 50.
Dozens of people were killed and many more injured in a stampede that erupted during the funeral procession for General Qasem Soleimani in his hometown of Kerman, in southeastern Iran.
The top military commander and high-ranking Hashd-al-Shaabi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis had been killed in a US drone strike in Baghdad on Friday.
A procession in Tehran on Monday drew over 1 million people in the Iranian capital, crowding both main thoroughfares and side streets in Tehran.
While thousands of people filled the streets of Kerman to mourn Soleimani's death in his hometown, a stampede erupted at the funeral procession on Tuesday.
The death toll from the crush at Soleimani’s funeral has increased to 50, Reuters reported, citing Iran’s ISNA news agency that quoted Abbas Amian of the coroner’s office for Kerman province.
According to reports, as many as 212 people attending the funeral were injured in the stampede at the funeral which was eventually postponed.