The Iranian government has declared that they will be observing a day of national mourning on January 9 over the Ukrainian passenger plane crash and a stampede at the funeral of Qassem Soleimani. Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei condoled the families of the people who died in this incident.
"Government expresses condolences to the families of our compatriots who died in Kerman during the funeral ceremony of slain commander Qassem Soleimani and in a plane crash this morning, the government declared January 9 a national mourning day," Rabiei wrote on Twitter.
Media reports suggest that three Katyusha rockets have struck Baghdad's Green Zone again on Thursday. No casualties have reported so far, as per reports.
The new attack on Green Zone in Iraq comes after US President Donald Trump's briefing where he spoke about UNSC intervention for peace in the Middle East.
Trump boasted that the United States is the number one producer of oil and gas in the world. “We don’t need middle east oil anymore,” said the US President. He ended his 10-minute long statement without taking any questions.
US President urged world leaders to work together to achieve peace and said that it can not prevail if until Iran wages violence in the Middle East. He asked NATO members to be much more involved in Middle East peace process. Warning Iran, Trump said, “Your campaign of terror and mayhem will not be tolerated...Our missiles are lethal and fast.”
The United States will immediately impose powerful economic sanctions until Iran changes its behaviour and abandon its nuclear ambition, said the US President. Trump lashed out at Iran saying they created hell in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. He said that Iran was given $150 billion in cash in the "defective" 2015 nuclear deal with which it created "hell in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan".
Trump asserted that US military eliminated “terrorist” Qassem Soleimani who was responsible for worst atrocities. The US President said that Soleimani used to train terrorists including Hezbollah. “Soleimani directed the recent attacks on US personnel in Iraq and was planning new attacks on American targets. “We stopped him. He should have been terminated long ago,” said Trump.
US President Donald Trump said that no American on Iraqi lives were lost in Iran’s attack on US military bases. In his address, Trump added that Americans should be grateful and happy as they were not harmed. The United States suffered no casualty and minimal damage was faced at military bases, said the US President.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked all Indian operators to reroute their flights to ensure the safety of passengers in the wake of Iran’s attack on US military bases in Iraq. A senior DGCA official said that all air operators have been directed to take appropriate precautionary measures including the rerouting of their flights in view of the impending tension in the Middle East.
An Indian warship is currently deployed in the Gulf region to ensure the safe passage of Indian Flag Vessels transiting through. Indian Navy said that it is maintaining the presence in the region since it is committed to protecting the nation's maritime interests.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the country is ready to play its role for peace but it can never again be part of any war. Khan has asked Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to visit Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United States to meet his counterparts and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He said that Pakistan Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa will contact relevant military leaders to “convey a clear message”.
I have asked FM Qureshi to visit Iran, KSA & USA to meet with respective foreign ministers, Secretary of State; & COAS Gen Bajwa to contact relevant military leaders to convey a clear message: Pakistan is ready to play it's role for peace but it can never again be part of any war— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 8, 2020