News ID: 138183
Published: 0715 GMT March 13, 2016

Mass funerals held for 86 war-era martyrs

Mass funerals held for 86 war-era martyrs

The remains of 86 martyrs, who lost their lives during the Iraqi-imposed war on Iran (1980-88), were buried on Sunday after funeral ceremonies held for them in 17 provinces across the country.

According to Commander of the Missing in Action Search Committee of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Mohammad Baqerzadeh, a total of 111 bodies of unidentified martyrs were planned to be laid to rest during the mourning days marking the martyrdom anniversary of Hazrat Zahra (PBUH).

A number of other funerals will be also held on Monday, the commander said.

He said the bodies were found over the past few months in Iran’s western and southwestern regions, and even in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, which used to be war zones during the Iraqi imposed war in the 1980s.

The martyrs are buried in different places, including universities, seminaries, premises of state organizations and a number of public parks. 14 bodies are laid to rest in capital Tehran at eight different locations.

About 36 years ago, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, supported by major Western and regional states, invaded Iran.

A large number of volunteers joined the Iranian armed forces to defend their country against the Iraqi aggressor. Hundreds of thousands of people from Iran were martyred and as much were killed from Iraq.


CAO: Technical fault blamed for Antonov plane crash


The final result of investigations into the main causes of the fatal crash of Iran-140 airplane near Tehran 18 months ago showed that technical fault on the track caused the crash, Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) announced.

Director of Public Relations Department of the CAO Reza Jafarzadeh also emphasized that given the performance of the aircraft and specialized investigations and after looking into all possibilities, a defect in electronic control system of the engines caused the tragedy, Tasnim News Agency reported.

The Antonov An-140 aircraft crashed on August 10, 2014 while taking off from Tehran, killing 39 and injuring another nine on board.

Hours after the crash, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ordered the grounding of the entire fleet of the country's Iran-140 planes.

The Antonov An-140 commercial passenger airplane is a twin-engine turbojet aircraft, which can accommodate up to 100 passengers.


Spokesman: Iran, Azerbaijan exchange prisoners


Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari announced on Saturday that five Iranian nationals imprisoned in neighboring Azerbaijan Republic have been transferred to Iran, and six Azeri prisoners have also been extradited to their country.

Ahead of Iranian New Year celebrations, and as part of the judicial agreements between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan, the two neighboring countries have exchanged prisoners, Jaberi Ansari said, Tasnim News Agency reported.

The prisoners will serve the rest of their terms in their home countries, he said.

The prisoner swap was carried out thanks to the efforts made by the Iranian Foreign Ministry and Embassy in Baku, and the consent of Iranian and Azeri officials, Jaberi Ansari added.

The report came shortly after the Iranian Embassy in Yerevan announced that six Iranian nationals imprisoned in Armenian jails were extradited to the country on Friday.  


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