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Iranian authorities have lowered the toll from the two explosions that occurred Wednesday during a ceremony commemorating the death of General Qassem Soleimani, killed during an American strike in January 2020.

Agence France-Presse

Iran observes a day of national mourning Thursday the day after the attack which left at least 84 dead near the tomb of General Qassem Soleimani, former architect of Iranian military operations in the Middle East, including country commemorated the fourth anniversary of the death.

This attack occurred in a very tense regional context since the start of the conflict in October between Israel and Hamas , and the day after the elimination of a senior official of the Palestinian Islamist movement in a strike near Beirut, attributed to Israel.

In Iran, officials immediately pointed the finger at Israel and the United States after the double explosion which occurred Wednesday in Kerman, near the mosque Saheb al-Zaman, where is the grave of General Soleimani killed in January 2020 in an American drone attack in Iraq.

A compact crowd of representatives of the Iranian regime and anonymous people attended the memorial ceremony.

A political adviser to the Iranian president, Mohammad Jamshidi, claimed that the American and Zionist regimes were behind the attack which has not yet been claimed #x27;here.

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In the United States, the State Department has deemed any suggestion of an absurdity US or Israeli involvement in the attack resembles a terrorist attack, the kind of thing ISIS has done in the past, according to a senior US official speaking on condition of anonymity.

The death toll was revised downward again on Thursday. After 103 deaths announced by the official Irna news agency and then 95 by the Minister of Health, Bahram Eynollahi, the head of the country's emergency services, Jafar Miadfar, reported 84 deaths and 284 injured .

Iran declared Thursday a day of national mourning after this attack, the deadliest in the country since 1978, when an arson attack left at least 377 dead in a cinema in Abadan, according to Iran archives. x27;AFP.

Sworn enemy of Iran, Israel has not commented on the attack.

We are focused on the fighting with Hamas in the Palestinian territory of the Gaza Strip, said Israeli army spokesperson Daniel Hagari .

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, promised a harsh response to the attack, an odious and cowardly act for President Ebrahim Raïssi who canceled a trip planned for Thursday to Turkey, according to Iranian media. x27;State.

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Iran declared Thursday a day of national mourning after this attack, the deadliest in the country since 1978.

A first explosion occurred 700 meters from General Soleimani's tomb, the second a kilometer further, according to Iranian sources.

The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, supported by Tehran, denounced a terrorist act […] which seeks to destabilize the security of the Islamic Republic in the service of the agenda of the Zionist entity (Israel).

Syria has expressed its full solidarity in the face of the terrorist attacks and shameful plots which, according to it, target its Iranian ally.

For his part, Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced an attack shocking in its cruelty and cynicism.

The Secretary General of the The UN, the European Union, France, Germany, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia also condemned the attack.

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General Qassem Soleimani, photographed in 2016 in Tehran.

Qassem Soleimani was a key figure in the Iranian regime and one of the country's most popular figures.

Long considered a sworn enemy of Washington and his allies, Qassem Soleimani led the Quds Force, the external operations arm of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, overseeing military operations throughout the Middle East.

Declared a living martyr by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, while he was still alive, Qassem Soleimani was celebrated for his role in the defeat of the armed jihadist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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