Death toll from protests rises to 9

AA/ Istanbul

The toll of protests against the death of the young woman, Mahsa Amini, in Iran, rose Thursday to 9 dead.

The toll of new clashes rose from 6 to 9 dead, according to a tally by the American agency Associated Press (AP) and based on statements by semi-official Iranian media.

Quoted by the AP, Iranian officials (who requested anonymity) said the death toll from clashes between protesters and police had reached 9 on both sides, accusing foreign countries of trying to sow panic, without name them.

In Kurdistan province, Amini’s hometown, the region’s police chief said in a statement to the press that four protesters had been killed by live ammunition in towns across the province, according to the AP. .

In Kermanshah, the provincial prosecutor, Shahram Karimi, noted that two demonstrators had been killed on Tuesday, during demonstrations observed in the west of the country, according to state television.

Three men affiliated with the Bassijis, a volunteer force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, were killed in clashes in the cities of Shiraz, Tabriz and Mashhad, raising the death toll to nine, according to semi-official Iranian media.

Last Friday, 22-year-old citizen Mahsa Amini died three days after she was arrested by the vice squad, which monitors the dress code for women in the country.

The incident sparked widespread popular anger in political and media circles in Iran, amid conflicting accounts of the causes of death.

The bassidjis are people in charge of the internal and external security of Iran. They train with the aim of defending Iran against possible American, Israeli or European military aggression. The Bassijis are currently a branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards.

*Translated from Arabic by Mal├Ęk Jomni

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