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Iran's Supreme Leader Shown Hiking A Month After Surgery


Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after having surgery in a hospital in Tehran last month.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after having surgery in a hospital in Tehran last month.

The official website of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has released a video that shows him hiking in the mountains outside Tehran just one month after undergoing prostate surgery.

The video depicts the 75-year-old leader accompanied by his entourage on the hike early on the morning of October 10.

It shows Khamenei saying the hike was arranged on the recommendations of his doctors as physical exercise beneficial to the recovery process.

Khamenei is known to be fond of walks and hiking.

Khamenei underwent prostate surgery on September 8. He told Iranian state TV before the operation that there was "no reason for concern" but asked people to pray for him.

Official comments and state media reports on the health of Iran's top leader are extremely rare.

Khamenei has the final say on all state matters in Iran and has been the country's top leader since 1989.

Based on reporting by AP and Khamenei.ir
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