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Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has praised the Iranian nation’s fight to stop the deadly coronavirus from spreading in the country, hailing the sacrifices the people and the medical staff are making.
Ayatollah Khamenei addressed the nation on Thursday, marking the birthday anniversary of Imam Mahdi (PBUH), the 12th and last Imam in Shia Islam.
The Leader said the real honor for the fight goes to Iran’s healthcare staff, who have “placed their own lives and health at the service of people.”
Calling the pandemic as a test for the world, Ayatollah Khamenei said “the Iranian nation shone brightly in this coronavirus test.”
Ayatollah Khamenei hailed the Iranian people for firmly adhering to the guidelines issued by the country’s health authorities to stop the virus spread, saying they even skipped popular Nature’s Day celebrations and chose to stay home.
He also compared Iran’s response to that of the Western states, where people have been looting the stores amid their governments’ inability to control the situation.
The Leader also thanked the country’s armed forces for their services. The IRGC, Army and the Basij volunteer forces have been at the frontlines of the fight.
“New capacities were discovered, of which we had been unaware. It emerged that there exist great potentials both inside and outside the ranks of the Armed Forces,” the Leader added.
Ayatollah Khamenei also referred to incidents in the past that he said dwarfed coronavirus pandemic in sheer size.
As an example, he pointed to the use of chemical weapons some 32 years ago by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein which killed thousands of Iranians and his own people with support from world powers.
The Leader also drew attention to suppressed nations like Yemen and Palestine, stressing that the pandemic should not such major issues to the background.