The USA has confirmed a information report citing unnamed Iranian officers as saying about 1,500 folks have been killed in a crackdown by safety forces on anti-government protests final month.
In a report revealed Monday, London-based Reuters mentioned it obtained the loss of life toll from three Iranian inside ministry officers who mentioned the fatalities included “at least 17 teenagers and about 400 women as well as some members of the security forces and police.”
In a tweet, the State Division quoted U.S. Particular Consultant for Iran Brian Hook as saying the Reuters report “underscores the urgency for the international community to punish the perpetrators and isolate the regime for the murder of 1,500 Iranian citizens.”
Particular Consultant for Iran Brian Hook: “The @Reuters report on the massacre ordered by @khamenei_ir underscores the urgency for the international community to punish the perpetrators and isolate the regime for the murder of 1,500 Iranian citizens.” https://t.co/TpUncLjDcv
— Division of State (@StateDept) December 23, 2019
Reuters’ loss of life toll was a lot larger than the newest fatalities reported by British rights group Amnesty Worldwide, which mentioned in a Dec. 16 assertion that it documented the killings of at the very least 304 demonstrators by Iranian safety forces in days of unrest that erupted on Nov. 15.
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Hook’s reference to the “murder of 1,500 Iranian citizens” additionally marked a considerable enhance within the Trump administration’s evaluation of the variety of folks killed in Iran’s crackdown.
In a Dec. 5 briefing to reporters, Hook mentioned it appeared that the Iranian authorities “could have murdered over a thousand Iranian citizens since the protests began.”
Iranian State-approved information company Tasnim quoted an official on the Supreme Nationwide Safety Council (SNSC) as saying the Reuters report referencing the deaths of 1,500 folks was “fake news.”
“These claims are based on premeditated psychological warfare and lack credibility,” Alireza Zarifian Yeganeh mentioned, echoing earlier Iranian dismissals of Western studies about fatalities within the protests.
However Iran has declined to attempt to show the Western studies mistaken by releasing its personal figures for these killed, wounded and arrested within the crackdown on the protests.
Iranian authorities sparked the demonstrations in dozens of cities nationwide by elevating the backed worth of gasoline by 50%, additional straining the funds of Iranians going through excessive unemployment and inflation in a shrinking economic system below heavy U.S. sanctions.
In a Dec. 16 interview with VOA Persian, Amnesty’s Center East researcher Philip Luther mentioned he anticipated the group to boost its determine of 304 protesters killed resulting from its ongoing examination of “credible” studies exhibiting Iranian safety forces used dwell ammunition whereas suppressing the demonstrations.
Amnesty didn’t reply instantly to a VOA Persian request for touch upon the Reuters report citing the determine of 1,500 folks killed within the unrest.