Tehran street named after American activist

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Tehran's municipal council has named a street after an American activist who was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in 2003.

A report in today's edition of Hamshahri, a daily affiliated with the municipality, says the council in the Iranian capital decided to name the street Rachel Aliene Corrie.

The pro-Palestinian activist was trying to prevent what she and other activists believed was a military push to demolish nearby Palestinian homes.

The decision marks the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution that an Iranian street has been named after a US national.

Before the revolution, at least three main Tehran streets were named after former US presidents.