Tehran (IP) - On the 13th of Aban, an annual occasion marked by the takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran four decades ago, the resounding theme this year was a resolute show of support for the Palestinian people.

Iran PressIran news: The backdrop for this gesture was the ongoing and deeply troubling conflict in the besieged Gaza Strip, where the Israeli regime's military offensive, unleashed since October 7, has exacted a staggering toll on human lives. Regrettably, the current conflict has led to the loss of nearly 9,061 lives, with an alarming number of casualties among innocent children and women, totaling 3,700 and 2,300, respectively.

Amidst this somber backdrop, this year's ceremony held across the country and fell on a Saturday, was characterized by a profound display of solidarity in a hundreds of thousands man rally. Students unfurled the Palestinian flag along with Iran's flag, symbolizing their support for the countless children who have been caught in the crossfire of the Israeli military's operations in Gaza.

The significance of this date, November the 4th, takes us back four decades, to the day when U.S. embassy staffers in Tehran were taken hostage for 444 days. The incident transpired when fervent Muslim student followers of the Imam's line breached the embassy's perimeter, swiftly gaining control within a mere 3.5 hours.

At the heart of the students' bold act lay a palpable fear of another U.S. plot aimed at undermining their revolutionary fervor. Their apprehension was not unfounded, given the historical context of the 1953 coup, a CIA-engineered and UK-instigated maneuver that dismantled Iran's elected government and solidified the authority of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. This event, in essence, amounted to a coup orchestrated by the monarchy against the prime minister of Iran.

The commemoration of the 13th of Aban this year took on a distinct vitality, fueled in part by the current geopolitical landscape. Various U.S. officials have openly endorsed and supported Israel's relentless bombing campaign in Gaza, obstinately rejecting ceasefire proposals at the United Nations.

To compound matters, the U.S. House of Representatives, in a controversial move, passed a $14-billion aid bill that includes substantial funding for Israel's military apparatus. This allocation encompasses $4 billion designated for the procurement of advanced defense systems such as the Iron Dome and David's Sling, aimed at countering Palestinian rocket attacks.


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