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2022-June-1  12:09

SNSC Secretary: Abadan's People to Overcome Hardship after Metropol Incident

TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said that the people of Abadan city in Southwestern Iran will be able to overcome the difficulties after the Metropol incident.

Shamkhani offered sympathy with family members of the victims of a tower block collapse in Abadan, saying the iconic city will eventually rise from the rubble of the Metropol building and overcome the psychological warfare being waged by enemies against the country in the aftermath of the tragedy.

He added that those who lost their loved ones in the disaster were currently grappling with “two types of debris”, one left from the building collapse and the other caused by the “politically bankrupt” elements loyal to the ex-Pahlavi regime.

“While authorities are doing their utmost to remove the physical debris and investigating the technical aspects that led to the incident, the elements who are creating [psychological] rubble, are at work to fabricate and spread maximum rumors in order to disturb public opinion,” Shamkhani said.

He added that monarchists, members of the anti-Iran Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) terrorist group, and separatists had entered the scene to fuel the psychological warfare using cyber space and satellite channels as a propaganda tool.

However, he said, today’s Abadan is the same city that successfully broke a siege imposed on it by the army of ex-Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the 1980s war, and its “brave and patient people will overcome the hardships and problems with the same spirit”.

At least 37 people have been killed and a number of others remain missing following the tragic building collapse in Abadan in the Southwestern province of Khuzestan.