News ID: 302330
Published: 0204 GMT April 20, 2021

Iranian mourners bid farewell to Brigadier General Hejazi

Iranian mourners bid farewell to Brigadier General Hejazi
Iranian officials, staff members of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) ‎and ordinary people attend the funeral ceremony of Brigadier General Seyyed ‎Mohammad Hejazi, the second-in-command of the IRGC’s Quds Force, in Iran’s ‎central city of Isfahan on April 20, 2021. ‎

Mourners in Iran’s central city of Isfahan, the hometown of Brigadier General Seyyed Mohammad Hejazi — the second-in-command of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) — attended the funeral ceremony for the senior general on Tuesday.

Commander of the Quds Force Brigadier General Esmaeil Qa’ani, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, a top military adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, as well as the member of the Assembly of Experts and Isfahan interim Friday prayers leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Abolhasan Mahdavi, were among the officials who attended Brigadier General Hejazi’s funeral and burial, Press TV reported.

Qa’ani praised his deputy’s sacrifices to safeguard the ideals of Islam, as he shared memories of his cooperation with the senior figure of the resistance movement in a speech during the funeral.

He also read out messages of condolences by Secretary-General of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and the head of the political bureau of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement, Ismail Haniyeh.

“On the behalf of myself and my brethren and sisters in Hezbollah, I extend condolences over the demise of prominent Jihadi commander and dear brother Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi,” Nasrallah said in a message carried by Hezbollah’s media bureau and published by Arabic-language Al-Manar television network.

“We were all saddened by the surprise demise of the commander, who passed away at a time when the Axis of Resistance is in need of his presence,” he added.

Nasrallah recalled the late brigadier general’s firm support for Hezbollah and said, “He was fighting within our ranks as a wise commander and a combatant fighting for the sake of Allah. Brigadier General Hejazi was a great brother, a powerful source of support and a loyal commander, who sacrificed himself. He was an icon of high morale, and had bright thoughts plus pioneering experience.”

The Hezbollah chief also lauded the brigadier general as the “loyal brother and friend” of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, who was assassinated along with his companions near Baghdad airport on January 3 last year in a terror drone strike authorized by former US president Donald Trump.

In a message addressed to Ayatollah Khamenei, Haniyeh prayed to God and asked for blessing for the departed soul of the Iranian commander.

The Hamas official also offered his sincere condolences to the Quds Force commander as well as Brigadier General Hejzai’s family and the Iranian people.

He thanked and appreciated Brigadier General Hejazi’s valuable positions in “support of the heroic resistance of Palestine” and his prominent role in solidarity with Palestinians.

Brigadier General Hejazi passed away at the age of 65 on Sunday night. The IRGC said the veteran commander had been suffering from the effects of exposure to chemical agents used by the Iraqi regime during the imposed war (1980-88) on Iran.

Upon approval by Ayatollah Khamenei, Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Fallahzadeh was appointed as the new second-in-command of the IRGC Quds Force on Monday evening.



Resource: Press TV
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