Outcry as Tomb of Mordechai and Esther in Iran reportedly set ablaze

An ancient shrine revered by Iranian Jews as the burial place of the biblical Esther and Mordechai was reportedly set on fire overnight, US Jewish groups said Friday. The state-run Islamic Republic News Agency appeared to confirm the attack in a report Saturday that was taken down from its website a couple of hours later.

An ancient shrine revered by Iranian Jews as the burial place of the biblical Esther and Mordechai was reportedly set on fire overnight, US Jewish groups said Friday.

The state-run Islamic Republic News Agency appeared to confirm the attack in a report Saturday that was taken down from its website a couple of hours later, but said there was no major damage to the shrine, the US-backed Radio Farda reported.

According to the report, the perpetrator has been identified from CCTV footage. See More...

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