A blood-red flag, symbolizing the call for avenging the dead, had hoisted on the top of a mosque in Iran over the killing of the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force Qassem Soleimani. The hoisting ceremony had aired by Iranian state TV on Saturday. Soleimani got killed in a US airstrike at Baghdad International Airport on Friday.
The blood-red flag, as well as a picture of the slain commander of the elite Quds Force, carried to the roof of one of the biggest and most important mosques for Shia Muslims.
The flag used in the ceremony called the ‘Ya la-Tharat al-Husayn’, which dates back to the late 7th century. It was first raised after the Battle of Karbala in a call to avenge the death of Imam Husayn ibn Ali, which became one of the key events that led to the split between Shia and Sunni Islam. It had reported that the red flag has never got unfurled atop the Jamkaran (a major holy site since the early Middle Ages) until now.
Red flags were also spotted during other events held across the country in honor of the slain general. Thousands gathered in Tehran on Saturday, shouting slogans and carrying pictures of Soleimani. Some had seen setting Israeli flags on fire.