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Iran marks 1979 revolution with anti-Israel, anti-US demonstration

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As a part of the celebration, Iran exhibited a surface-to-surface missile

Crowds marched through the streets of Tehran on Saturday, chanting "down with the US" and "death to Israel" as they marked the 1979 US embassy takeover.

Celebrations were held across the country and reports emerged of thousands gathering outside the US embassy in Tehran.

According to the Associated Press, protesters held signs featuring pejorative caricatures of US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as they called for violence against the West.

As a part of the celebration, Iran exhibited a surface-to-surface missile, reportedly a 2,000-kilometer range Sejjil, which was the first time Iran has displayed a missile during the annual festivity.

Criticism by the Donald Trump administration of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major powers, including the United States, has focused heavily on Tehran's continuing missile program.

The celebrations marked the day in 1979 when hundreds of Iranian militants stormed the US Embassy following the 1979 Islamic coup that brought down Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The militants took 52 US hostages as the US refused to hand over the shah, who had fled to the US. 

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