Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei visited the devastated province of Kermanshah on Monday. During his visit, Khamenei slammed the Iranian authorities and government, saying that they need to increase their earthquake relief efforts.

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on the Iranian government to increase its efforts to aid the survivors of the powerful earthquake that rattled the country’s western region last week. Khamenei visited the province of Kermanshah, which was severely hit by the earthquake, on Monday.

According to Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency, Khamenei delivered a speech during his visit. The Iranian leader praised the rescue operations and the support provided by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps. However, he said that he was unhappy with the government’s response and that the authorities should increase their efforts to help the people of the region.

Devastation after the 7.3 magnitude earthquake in Iran

Devastation after the 7.3 magnitude earthquake in Iran Photo Credit: EPA-EFE

Over 400 people were killed and more than 9,000 were injured by the 7.3-magnitude earthquake, the most powerful seismic event recorded so far in 2017. In the aftermath of the deadly earthquake, Israel offered Iran aid via the Red Cross. However, this offer was quickly rejected by Tehran.

In a video message, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained why he decided to offer Iran the aid: “My heart sank when I saw pictures from this great earthquake on the Iranian-Iraqi border. I saw mothers and fathers searching for their children, children buried under the rubble from this horrible earthquake. As a father, as an Israeli, as a Jew, I wanted to help.”