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Iran defiant as it holds day of anti-Israel protests

AFP  |  Tehran 

held its annual day of protest against today, determined to show at a time of mounting pressure from the and its regional allies.

"The US, and want to put in a corner, but they don't know that with this action they are threatening their own security," said Ali Larijani, addressing a crowd in

Thousands took to the streets in the capital and other cities for Qods (Jerusalem) Day, held every year since the early days of Iran's Islamic revolution to show support for the Palestinians.

This year's event saw the usual burning of flags and chants of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel", as well as a huge figure being hanged from a crane.

But it comes at a time when is under increasing economic pressure after the US pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal and prepares to reimpose crippling sanctions on the Islamic republic -- a move that has been cheer-led by

"The supreme leader told us we should come in large numbers to show the world that the actions of the US and Israel will not have any effect on our people," said Hassan Dorabi, a 30-year-old

The mood, as ever, was a mix of political rage and family fun, with children singing songs on stages and throwing darts at portraits of Israeli leader and Saudi Many were adamant that Iran is merely supporting the Palestinian people, and is not planning a military attack as Israel fears.

"We have never in our history started a war against any country and we are not going to in the future," said Hassan Ruholamini, a 33-year-old Afateh Salehi, a 58-year-old army employee, said Iranians "want all people to live in peace together".

"We don't want any country to attack another. We are not animals. We could live with Israel but today they want to destroy the countries around them piece by piece," he said.

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First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 17:10 IST