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Iran to designate October 7 as ‘Day of Epic by Palestinian Youth’: Culture minister

Iran’s Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Mehdi Esmaeili speaks during a ceremony at the public library in City Park in downtown Tehran, on October 24, 2023.

The Iranian minister of culture and Islamic guidance has hailed the “unprecedented” operation launched by the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas against Israel on October 7, saying the day will be recorded in the Iranian calendar as “Day of Epic by Palestinian youth.”

Speaking on Tuesday, Mohammad Mehdi Esmaeili said Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has pointed out that October 7 is the beginning of the countdown to the destruction of the occupying regime.

Operation Al-Aqsa Storm was “an epic unprecedented in the historical memory of the region and the struggles of the Muslim people of Palestine. We registered the day at the General Culture Council as Day of Epic by Palestinian Youth. The procedures will be done for its approval at the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution,” he added.

Hamas launched Operation Al-Aqsa Storm in response to Israel’s violations at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East al-Quds and growing settler violence against Palestinians.

The surprise raid shook the occupying entity’s security establishment, leaving 1,400 Israelis dead.

In response, the Tel Aviv regime launched deadly strikes on the besieged Gaza Strip. According to WAFA news agency, more than 6,000 Palestinians have been killed and 18,000 others injured so far.

It has also blocked water, food and electricity to Gaza, plunging the coastal sliver into a humanitarian crisis.

Esmaeili also commended protests in Muslim countries as well as Europe and the United States in condemnation of the Israeli bloodshed in Gaza.

“Yesterday, the number of child martyrs [in Gaza] surpassed 1,800. This level of cruelty, violence and murder is beyond all usual genocides,” he said.

“Today, in front of the eyes of billions of people, we are witnessing the bombing of the [al-Ahli Arab] Baptist Hospital that kills more than 500 children in one place.”

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