- The daughter of the slain Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani has vowed revenge
- Zeinab Soleimani has promised that her father's death would bring a 'dark day' down upon the United States
- Meanwhile, evacuation plans have been put into play for South Africans wishing to leave Iran
A thousands of Iranians took to the streets to mourn Qassem Soleimani on Monday and his daughter shared a message for America.
Speaking during a televised broadcast of the funeral, Zeinab Soleimani vowed that a 'dark day' would be brought down on those responsible for her father's death:
“Crazy Trump, don’t think that everything is over with my father’s martyrdom."
Briefly.co.za reported that the nation had issued a scathing statement referring to US President Donald Trump as a 'terrorist in a suit', prompting backlash from the leader:
"Let this serve as a warning that if Iran strikes any Americans or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, will be hit very fast and very hard. The USA wants no more threats!"
Closer to home, the government has revealed that it is ready to help citizens leave the country in the face of increased tensions between America and Iran.
In a statement released by the Department of International Relations, spokesperson Nelson Kgwete commented:
“Public service announcement: South African citizens caught up in the situation in Iraq and needing assistance must contact Dirco on 012 351 1000. They will be placed in contact with our embassy in Amman, Jordan. South Africa does not have a diplomatic mission in Iraq and we are accredited to that country through Jordan.”
IOL reports that Minister Naledi Pandor's office was unsure of the exact number of South Africans in the country, but promised that the details would be released once confirmed.
Soleimani, considered one of the most revered Iranian figures, was killed during an American airstrike on Friday.
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