Amid growing protests over Iran’s ‘death of hijab’, armed clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in the southeast have continued for days, resulting in casualties.
According to the state-run IRNA news agency on the 2nd local time, since the 30th of last month, there have been several clashes between protesters and security forces in Zahedan, the central city of ‘Sistan-Ba-Baluchistan’ in the southeast and surrounding areas.
According to the news agency, 5 people were killed and 32 people were injured in the fighting.
The number of protesters who were killed or injured in the fighting is not known.
Local media reported that protesters had attacked the Jahedan police station the day before, killing dozens of people in the process.
In major cities across the country, including the capital Tehran, anti-government protests, sparked by the mysterious death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, continued for more than two weeks.
Human Rights Iran, a Norwegian human rights group, said 41 people were killed by security forces in the recent bloodshed in Zahedan.
More than 2,000 people are known to have been arrested for taking part in the protests.
Amini was assigned to a ‘map patrol’ for not wearing a hijab properly in downtown Tehran on the 13th, and while being investigated by the police station, he suddenly collapsed and was taken to hospital, but died on the 16th.