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  • Iraqi Muslims burn effigies during a parade marking the annual al-Quds Day in Tehran, Iran.

    Iraqi Muslims burn effigies during a parade marking the annual al-Quds Day in Tehran, Iran. | Photo: Reuters

Published 8 June 2018

The demonstration was instituted by Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, marking the annual protest against Israel's occupation of Jerusalem.

Tens of thousands of Muslims took to the streets in the capitals of Iran and Iraq Friday in recognition of “Jerusalem Day.” The mass demonstration, which started following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, marks the annual protest against Israel's ongoing occupation of Jerusalem and serves as a show of "unwavering support for the Palestinian people, the capital of their homeland and sovereignty."

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Israeli flags were set alight in Baghdad and Tehran. Effigies of United States President Donald Trump were also burnt, according to ABC news.

A large turnout of Palestinian demonstrators was also seen along the Israeli border fence in the Gaza Strip. Protesters have highlighted the blockade of Palestinian territory by Israel and Egypt, according to The Globe and Mail.

Organizers of the demonstration in Gaza said Israeli army drones hovered above their land, dropping flammable materials on piles of old tires and tear gas to repress protesters.

People burn an effigy with Israeli flags during a protest demanding for the liberation of Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque, one of the holiest shrines in Islam, in New Delhi. Photo: Reuters
People burn an effigy with Israeli flags during a protest demanding for the liberation of Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque, one of the holiest shrines in Islam, in New Delhi. Photo: Reuters
 

Israel security forces and snipers perched behind earthen berms have claimed the lives of at least 115 Palestinians and injured nearly over 12,000 since the series of weekly protests began in late March.

Wounded Palestinian demonstrator is evacuated during a protest marking al-Quds Day, (Jerusalem Day), at the Israel-Gaza border east of Gaza City. Photo: Reuters
Palestinians evacuate a wounded demonstrator after he was hit in the face with a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo: Reuters
 

The Jerusalem Day protests take place annually on the last Friday of Ramadan and acknowledge the city's historic Arabic name, referring to it as “Al Quds Day.”

Meanwhile, Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and White House senior adviser, has expressed “annoyance” and embarrassment with Kuwait's recently drafted U.N. resolution, which, faced with constant Israeli aggression, demanded protection for Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

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