Iranian security forces have shot and killed at least 10 people in western Kurdish cities and towns over the past 24 hours, IranWire reports, as anti-government protestors staged fresh demonstrations across the country.
Riot police clashed with protesters in dozens of Iranian cities on November 16, with shopkeepers and businesses striking for the second consecutive day.
Unknown gunmen opened fire in a shopping center in the southern Iranian city of Izeh, killing at least seven people and wounding 15 others, officials said, adding that three suspects have been arrested.
In the central city of Isfahan, gunmen shot dead two members of Iran’s paramilitary Basij, according to the state media. Three more people were reportedly killed during a rally elsewhere in the province.
The violence took place on the second day of a three-day general strike marking the November 2019 nationwide protests in which hundreds of demonstrators were killed.
Iran has been gripped by protests since the September death of a 22-year-old woman in the custody of morality police. The protest movement has grown to become one of the biggest challenges to Iran’s clerical regime.
The unrest triggered a heavy-handed crackdown by security forces in which more than 340 people were killed, including dozens of children. Thousands of people have also been arrested.
On November 17, Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian accused Israel and western intelligence services of planning to start a civil war in the country.
Iranian officials have long blamed the unrest on the regime foreign foes without providing evidence.