In Iran’s Khuzestan region, where six nights of protests over water shortages have turned fatal. According to Iranian authorities the agitators, shot one police officer
A shooter shot another police officer in the leg on Tuesday in Bandar Mahshahr.
According to state television, as recordings and reports from the oil-rich southwestern region showed that violence had not stopped.
Authorities have verified the deaths of two civilians, Ghasem Khozeiri, 18, and Mostafa Naimawi, 30, on Friday. The “opportunists and rioters,” killed the young men who were not protestors, according to the claims.
The province have observed sporadic internet slowdowns or outage. Despite the internet limitations, multiple films from various counties in Khuzestan have emerged in the last week.
As a memorial to the gruelling eight-year Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.
This year, however, has been particularly challenging for the province – and, by extension, the entire country. This is due to excessive heat and drought, which have resulted in widespread outages and water shortages.
Officials blame separatist groups for the violence. Officials accuse international media of exploiting the issue to undermine the theocratic regime.
Tales and news have flooded Both social media and traditional media. Reactions to the situation in Khuzestan during the last week.
#KhuzestanIsThirsty and #KhuzestanHasNoWater, hashtags in Farsi, such as have been widely drawn attention to the issue and protests. International coverage has been given to it.
“Khuzestan’s problem stems from illegal water transfer projects. They involve river forks and stealing water from the source of the rivers by water mafias,”. Tweeted Fereshteh Tabanian, a lawyer based in Ahvaz.
Residents of Khuzestan have complained on social media that the province has never had properly drinkable tap water. They have had to buy it or get it from rivers, many of which have now dried up.
Power outages also exacerbate the situation as many use electricity-powered pumps to get water inside their homes.
A group of activists and human rights defenders, rallied in front of the interior ministry in Tehran on Tuesday.
Mohammad Khatami, a reformer, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a hardliner, have both criticised the government’s response to the protests.