Tehran (IP) – The Leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran issued a message on the beginning of Sacred Defense Week on Thursday.

Iran PressIran news: In his message, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said that the martyrs' sacrifices gave the Iranian nation victory.

Ayatollah Khamenei also said the martyrs' blood proves the rightfulness of the Islamic Republic.

The Leader further noted that the martyrs taught great lessons by their sacrifices to the Iranian nation, adding: "Where there is sacrifice and steadfastness, there is victory and dignity and the Iranian nation will not forget this invaluable lesson."

In Iran, Sacred Defense Week is commemorated every year from September 21st, which marks the beginning of defending the country against Saddam's foreign-backed Baathist regime of Iraq between 1980-1988.

According to official statistics, 225,570 Iranian people were martyred, and 574,101 people became disabled during the Sacred Defense.

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