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In pictures: Iran annual protest

Jerusalem Day rally in Tehran

Tens of thousands of Iranians have taken part in a rally to show their support for the Palestinian cause.

Protester holds a portrait of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

The Jerusalem Day rally is an annual event in Tehran, held on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Iranian protesters

This year, it comes after new hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for Israel to be "wiped off the map".

Woman protester holds an anti-Israel placard

His remarks had the backing of the protesters, who chanted "death to Israel" and "death to America".

Burning US and Israeli flags

Some set fire to and trampled on Israeli and US flags.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is kissed by an Iranian man

Joining the crowd, Mr Ahmadinejad stood by his comments saying: "My words were the Iranian nation's words".

An Iranian boy wears a Palestinian scarf and holds a toy gun

But his remarks have drawn wide condemnation. The UN secretary general took the unusual step of issuing a rebuke.

An Iranian woman passes by an anti-Israeli slogan under a star of David

Some in Iran have tried to soothe tensions amid fears of increasing isolation, say correspondents.




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