Earlier this month on May 9, the Iranian Red Crescent marked its centenary with a special day of demonstrations and search and rescue exercises in Tehran. Officials and dignitaries came to It came weeks before one of the biggest domestic incidents the Red Crescent has been called to for years: namely the collapse of the Metropol complex in Abadan, where tens of civilians are still thought to be buried under rubble. Under-resourcing of the Red Crescent in Iran has been thrown into sharp relief during the rescue effort.
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