0506 GMT January 28, 2022
Ayatollah Khamenei thanked the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance leaders for their notes of condolence over the demise of Deputy Chief of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force General Mohammad Hejazi last week.
“I received your kind and brotherly condolence message on the unfortunate demise of the mujahid, General Seyyed Mohammad Hejazi, may God be pleased with him, and I thank you for your kindness,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a message to Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary-general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, Press TV reported on Wednesday.
The Leader said General Hejazi spent a lifetime striving for the cause of God and passed away on that path.
“May God protect and support you, and may He preserve the blessing of your presence for Islam and Muslims,” the Leader said, adding that he always prayed for Nasrallah.
In another message, Ayatollah Khamenei thanked Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the political bureau of Hamas, reassuring the Palestinian leader of Iran’s support for the nation’s cause against Israeli occupation.
“In the case of Palestine, we always sympathize and go along with our Palestinian mujahideen brothers, and we regard ourselves as being in the same trench, and we ask God Almighty for the victory of the Palestinian people,” he wrote.
“May God help you in this rewarding and honorable path,” the Leader added.
General Hejazi passed away on April 18 after years of suffering from the effects of chemical weapons used against Iran during the war Iraq waged on the country in the 1980s.
“This honorable martyr had been exposed to chemical agents during the Sacred Defense and had been suffering from the effects. He had also contracted the coronavirus a few months ago, from which he had recovered,” IRGC spokesman Ramazan Sharif said last week while announcing General Hejazi’s death.
General Hejazi was a veteran of the Iraqi-imposed war under former dictator Saddam Hussein on Iran, which lasted eight years (1980-88). After the war, he served as the commander of the volunteer Basij force for 10 years and as the deputy commander of the IRGC for a year.
He was named the deputy commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force after its former commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani was assassinated in a US airstrike in Baghdad in January 2020. He replaced Brigadier General Esmaeil Qa’ani, who was appointed as the new commander of the force.