Iran displays missiles during annual anti-Israel rallies

Newly re-elected moderate also President Hassan Rouhani took part in the march.

Iran has been holding Al-Quds Day rallies since the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Demonstrators chanted "Death to Israel, Death to America,", carrying banners reading "Israel should be wiped off the map" while people were shown burning the Israeli flag.

In a speech to the crowd in the capital, parliament speaker Ali Larijani called Israel the "mother of terrorism".

The country's nuclear and ballistic missile programs have always been a point of contention between Tehran and Washington, and are behind American sanctions against Iran.

The day was established by the founder of the Islamic republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, to show support for Palestinians and opposition to Israel, which Iran does not recognize.

A portrait of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu burned by Iranian demonstrators lies on the ground in their annual pro-Palestinian rally marking Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day in Tehran, Iran, Friday, June 23, 2017.

Iran also displayed three surface-to-surface ballistic missiles, including the Zolfaghar — the type that Iran used this week to target the Islamic State group in Syria.




It went on to say: "The overall objective of Turkish activities there is the safeguarding and strengthening of Jerusalem's Muslim heritage and identity".

"The displacement of millions of Muslims by the Zionist regime is unprecedented in the history of all terrorist groups", he said.

The rally also inaugurated a large digital countdown display at Tehran Palestine Square, showing that Israel will allegedly cease to exist in 8,411 days.

One video showed Rouhani's security guards rushing him into his vehicle while others prevented protesters from approaching.

Some participants also carried placards with pictures of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and quotes about Jerusalem that are attributed to him.

Traditionally held on the last Friday of Ramadan, protests are also due to take place across the Arab and Muslim world, including Iraq, Yemen and Turkey.

The figure of 8,411 days - or just over 23 years - on the panel is based on a speech which Khamenei gave almost two years ago predicting Israel would no longer exist by 2040. The regime has also been expanding settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds in breach of worldwide laws.

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