Deputy Chief of the IRGC Quds Force Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi has passed away after years of suffering from the effects of chemical weapons used during the Iraqi–imposed war of the 1980s on Iran, IRGC Spokesman General Ramezan Sharif says.
According to Press TV, General Sharif said Monday “This honorable martyr had been exposed to chemical agents during the Sacred Defense and had been suffering from the effects. He also contracted the coronavirus a few months ago, from which he recovered.”
"A medical commission that formed yesterday at Baqiyatallah Hospital identified the cause of the martyrdom as the chemical effects," he added.
In a statement on Sunday evening, the IRGC said that Brigadier General Hejazi had achieved the high degree of martyrdom and "joined the ranks of martyrs after years of tireless and sincere efforts in various fields to protect the Islamic Revolution and serve the establishment and the Islamic homeland”.
Brigadier General Hejazi, 65, was a veteran of Iraqi-imposed war on Iran in the 1980s, which lasted eight years. After the war, he served as the commander of Iran’s Basij (Volunteer) Force for ten years and as the deputy commander of the IRGC for a year.
He was named the deputy commander of the IRGC Quds Force after the former prominent Commander of the force, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, was assassinated in a US airstrike in Baghdad in January 2020. He replaced Brigadier General Esmail Qa'ani, who was named the new commander of the force.
In the statement, the IRGC congratulated the Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the Iranian nation, General Hejazi’s family, his comrades in arms in the IRGC and Basij, and fighters of the Resistance Front over his glorious martyrdom, but also extended its condolences on the loss.
Brigadier General Hejazi’s martyrdom also prompted huge outpourings of condolences from top Iranian authorities and commanders, including Judiciary Chief Seyyed Ebrahim Ra'eisi, Parliament Speaker Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, and Chairman of the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri.
Ra'eisi praised Hejazi as a “sincere and faithful commander” who put great efforts to help the Islamic Resistance Front.
“In addition to playing a role in the victory of the Revolution, commanding during the Holy Defense (Iraqi-imposed war on Iran) era and organizing the Basij Force, Brigadier General Hejazi was a ‘shining star of the Axis of Resistance,’” Qalibaf wrote in his message.