208 killed in crackdown on Iran protests: Amnesty

Iran's security forces shot and killed 'rioters' in gas price protests, state TV reports

'Rioters' shot and killed at protests, Iran admits for first time

As the unrest unfolded, Iranian media was barred from reporting on the events or state violence.

Amnesty International estimated that at least 208 people were killed across the country in less than a week since the demonstrations first began on November 15. "It is necessary also to solve all units divide between Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran".

Widespread protests broke out in Iran on November 15 after authorities announced a new petrol-rationing scheme that would see gasoline prices raised up to 50 percent. That exhibits the widespread financial discontent gripping the nation since Could 2018, when President Donald Trump imposed crushing sanctions after unilaterally withdrawing from Tehran's nuclear cope with world powers. "The Iranian leadership has failed to serve their people and continues to fail to serve their people".

"The authorities have been threatening families, some have been forced to sign undertakings that they won't speak to the media", she said.

Iran's fuel prices are among the cheapest in the world, but the price rise comes amid an ailing economy and an increasing cost of living, partly as a result of USA sanctions imposed on the country after Donald Trump pulled out of a global agreement to curb Iranian nuclear ambitions in exchange for economic relief.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said on Saturday that it was investigating reports that its forces had targeted and shot protesters, the semi-official Iranian Labour News Agency reported, citing Brigadier General Mohammadreza Yazdi.

The organization stressed that Shahriar city of Tehran province is one of the cities with the highest death tolls.

The true figures for the number killed are not clear, "I've seen numbers that vary from as few as a hundred to many times more than that, that have been killed by the Iranian Security Forces", Pompeo concluded.

Authorities also have been visiting hospitals, looking for patients with gunshot wounds or other injuries from the unrest, Mills said. Gasoline there remains among the cheapest in the world, in part to help keep costs low for its underemployed, who often drive taxis to make ends meet.

Iranian anti-government activists have criticized Trump for reneging on the nuclear agreement and renewing sanctions, which they've denounced as punitive collective punishment of the Iranian people rather than a move aimed, as the Trump administration claims, at promoting democracy in Iran. That disparity, especially given Iran's oil wealth, fueled the anger felt by demonstrators.

The scale of the demonstrations also remains unclear.

On his part, according to the statement of the Iranian National Security Council, Bin Alawi, Omani foreign minister, expressed during the meeting a sense of content about the "continuous talks between the two countries on various regional and worldwide issues", saying that the tension in the region "will not be in the interest of any of the Gulf countries", while calling all the parties to avoid increasing the tension in all the possible ways.

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