World Bulletin / News Desk
Todays marks World Quds Day that were started in 1979 after the founding of the Islamic republic to condemn Israeli occupation of the holy city.
The protests use the word Quds, derived from Arabic, to designate the city of occupied Jerusalem. The protests and marches are held on the last Friday of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan to mark the day.
Many thousands of Iranians shouted "Death to America, death to Israel" during protests on Friday.
State television said millions of Iranians joined the al-Quds Day marches across the country and showed large crowds chanting slogans and carrying portraits of Khomeini and his successor, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Some bore a coffin decked with pictures of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders. Demonstrators burned American and Israeli flags.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, there was no place for the Jewish state in a future Middle East.
"You want a new Middle East? We do too, but in the new Middle East ... there will be no trace of the American presence and the Zionists," Ahmadinejad told worshippers at Tehran University in an event broadcast live on state television.
"Saving the existence of the Zionist regime (Israel) is a joint commitment by most arrogant Western governments," Ahmadinejad said in a speech to mark the annual Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day decreed by Khomeini and held on the last Friday of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.
He called for Muslim unity to foil Western support for Israel, which he described as a "cancerous tumour" for its occupation of Palestinian land.
In Palestine, Israel deployed heavy security ahead of the last Friday prayers for Ramadan.
Under tight Israeli security, thousands of Palestinian worshippers started their journey to attend prayers on the last Friday of Ramadan in Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque, Islam's third holiest shrine.
Israel imposed an age restriction for men - only those over 40 and under 12 were allowed to cross from the West Bank into Jerusalem. Women were not restricted by age. Many Palestinians residing in the West Bank were turned back.
The judge who halted President Donald Trump's revised travel ban on refugees and arrivals from six mainly Muslim countries has extended his order, dealing another blow to the White House.
Hundreds of thousands of civilians remain in Mosul, which was seized by the Islamic State group in 2014, and officials and witnesses have said that air strikes have taken a devastating toll on civilians in the city this month.
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"The Paris Agreement is still under discussion within the administration," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said.
His comments were made at the start of a one-day summit in Costa Rica's capital San Jose that gathered leaders from Mexico, Central America and Colombia.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the leaders of France, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Malta will gather on April 10 at El Pardo palace outside Madrid, his office said on its website.
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Merkel said that securing the future of EU citizens living in Britain would be among the priorities in the negotiations.