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Three religious minority sites set ablaze in Iran

A Jewish memorial tomb, a Hindu temple and a Christian cemetery had been set on fire in separate provinces of Iran.


Last week, the tomb of Esther and Mordecai in Iran’s Hamadan was set on fire on the 72nd anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel, International Christian Concern reported.

According to Article 18, the next day, Iran International posted video footage of the aftermath of a fire inside a Hindu temple in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas.

Then a week ago, Manoto News broadcasted footage of smoke billowing over the walls of a Christian cemetery in Eslamshahr, just south of Tehran.

In the case of the tomb of Esther and Mordecai, local police obtained  surveillance footage that shows an individual at the scene.

This past February, concerns were raised regarding alleged plans which would transform the tomb into a consular office for Palestine. The tomb is also shared as a holy site amongst the Christian faith, and the Iranian government frequently accuses Christians of promoting Zionism, ICC noted.

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