ICBPS- Security forces opened fire late Sunday night amid water shortage protests in southwestern Iran.
Four days of protests against water shortages and electricity blackouts in the nation’s southwest have turned deadly, with gunfire killing three people, injuring dozens so far.
Iran’s ‘water shortage’ protests have entered the fourth night in a row.
Late Thursday, July 15, 2021, people in Iran’s oil-rich, restive Khuzestan province took to the streets, chanted anti-regime slogans.
Security forces in Khuzestan arrested hundreds of citizens and activists since the anti-regime demonstrations sparked in the province.
“The Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Agro-industrial Complex laborers have come out in support of ongoing protests in Khuzestan.”
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Iranian citizens marched through streets over water shortages on July 15, 2021, in the oil-rich Khuzestan province, including its capital, Ahvaz.
Videos posted online indicate the police have fired weapons to disperse the crowds in the restive province in southwestern Iran.
People of at least 10 cities and several districts of Ahvaz took to the streets late Thursday to protest over water deficiency.
People set fire to tires, blocking roadways in anger, according to videos.
Police fired at protesters with shotguns while they were chanting anti-regime slogans, demanding compatriots to join them.
Three Iranian juveniles have been shot dead during the widespread protest against water shortages in southwestern Iran.
Mostafa Naeemiavi was shot dead at the ‘water shortage protest’ in Shadegan, Khuzestan province.
Ghasem Khaziri is another Iranian juvenile who was shot and injured during the demonstrations, died the day after the direct shooting by security forces. Another young protester, Ali Mazraeh also was shot dead during the demonstrations on July 17, 2021 (the third day of protests).
Multiple cities in Khuzestan province, including Hamidieh, Bostan, Susangerd, Mahshahr, Khoramshahr, Shadegan, Shush, Ghale Kan’an, Andimeshk, Abadan, Karkheh, and its capital, Ahvaz, were hit by anti-government protests.
Iran has faced rolling blackouts for weeks now as water worries in the past have sent angry demonstrators into the streets in Iran.
Precipitation had decreased by almost 50% in the last year, leaving dams with dwindling water supplies to fuel the country; however, this is not the only reason, but mismanagement has been the main cause of water shortages in Iran.
Iran is facing its worst drought in 50 years, apart from Khuzestan, the provinces of Sistan and Baluchestan, Khorasan, Hormozgan and Kerman are also experiencing unprecedented water shortages, which has hit households, ruined agriculture and livestock farming, and led to electricity blackouts across the country. Iran Protests
Reporting by Kaveh Taheri, Additional reporting by ICBPS, Editing by Kate Cohen.