TEHRAN, Nov. 14 (Press Shia) – Iran’s Leader Ayatollah Khamenie urged all officials of relevant organizations and entities in Iran to keep sympathetic service to the quake-hit families in western Iran.

We share the grief of brave people and border guards of Kermanshah Province

The Leader of the Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei met with heads from three branches of power and other officials in Iran this evening (Tuesday). Expressing his deepest condolences over the heartrending tragedy, caused by an earthquake, in Kermanshah; appreciating the presence of the officials at locations struck by the earthquake; and expressing his sympathy for the people, Ayatollah Khamenei stressed the compassion must, strongly, continue by helping the people, so it can ease their problems.

He went on to say, “it is extremely difficult to lose one’s beloved people. But, I hope that God brings His peace and patience to the hearts of the grieving families and brightens their eyes by His favor and mercy.”

The Leader of the Revolution mentioned increased sympathy and cooperation are the effects of such events, saying these events lead everyone into the realm of cooperation; and, we hope that this kindness and fraternity attracts divine blessings for the brave people of Kermanshah and all the Iranian people.

Ayatollah Khamenei considered the recent disaster as a divine trial and a situation for officials to perform their duties, adding during these past two days, officials, including the president, visited and expressed their sympathy for the survivors. I hope that these sympathetic attitudes continue, in practice, effectively helping the people; and, I hope they can reduce the pain and sufferings of the people, considering the cold weather is upon us.

In the meeting, Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, referred to the efforts of all units, in aid and rescue operations, for treating the injured and survivors, by stating this event is a trial for us. I thank all the units who have been working hard and continue to help, especially the Armed Forces, who acted very well.

Over 500 were killed after a magnitude of 7.3 earthquake struck Iranian western provinces and Iraqi northeastern areas onmn Sunday.

The deadliest quake so far in 2017, injured 7,000 and left 70,000 homeless.