The last Friday of the holy Ramadan has been marked as the International Quds Day every year since 1979. This day was designated by the founder of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, Imam Khomeini. In August 1979, the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, declared the last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan the International Quds Day. During the rallies marking the Quds Day, demonstrators call for the liberation of Palestine and an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands. Millions of Iranians also take part in rallies across the country to mark the day. This year’s Quds Day coincides with Israel’s brutal attacks on the blockaded Gaza Strip, which started on July 8. At least 805 Palestinians, including many women and children, have been killed so far in the Israeli raids, with thousands more injured.