At least five dead and 15 wounded in a shooting attack in southern Iran

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Gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on pedestrians and police in the central market of the city of Ize

At least five dead and 15 injured in a shooting attack in southern Iran

Market in Iran (Reuters 163)

At least five people were killed and 15 wounded on Wednesday in a shooting attack in the southern Iranian city of Ize, the country's state media reported.

< p class="paragraph">Gunmen riding motorbikes opened fire on pedestrians and police at the central market of Ize in Khuzestan province tonight, according to the official agencyIRNA.

“A terrorist group used a protest rally” to carry out the attack, according to the state agency's version, It did not provide further details of the attack.

Among the five dead is a child, according to the ISNA news agency.

In late October, another shooting attack took place at a mausoleum in the city of Shiraz, killing 15 people.

Iranian authorities arrested 26 citizens from Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan for their alleged involvement in that attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State (IS).

The shooting occurs amid the protests that have shaken Iran since the death on September 16 of Masha Amini, after being detained three days earlier by the Morality Police for allegedly wearing a bad dress the Islamic headscarf.

The mobilizations have intensified in the last two days with demonstrations and strikes to commemorate the 2019 protests caused by the rise in fuel and in which 300 people died, according to Amnesty International.

So far five people have been sentenced to death for their participation in the protests, while some 2,000 have been accused of various crimes for demonstrating.

At least five dead and 15 injured in a shooting attack in southern Iran

FILE PHOTO. A police motorcycle burns during a protest over the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being detained by the “morality police” of the Islamic Republic, in Tehran, Iran. September 19, 2022. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

15,000 detainees

The Oslo-based group  Iran Human Rights said on Saturday security forces had killed at least 326 people, including 43 children and 25 women. , in the crackdown on the Amini protests.

IHR said at least 15,000 people have been arrested, a figure Iranian authorities deny.< /p>

IHR Director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, strongly condemned the death sentences and said the legal proceedings were “unfair”.

“Protesters do not have access to lawyers during the interrogation phase , they are subjected to physical and mental torture to give false confessions and sentenced based on the confessions of the revolutionary courts,” he told AFP.

“The international community must send a strong warning to the Islamic Republic that the execution of the protesters will have serious consequences,” said Amiry-Moghaddam.

“We fear mass executions, unless that the political cost of executions will increase significantly,” he told the AFP.

More protests

The Persian regime has struggled to contain the protests, in which women stripped and burned their headscarves and clashed with security forces in the street.

The riots were fueled by anger over the brutal enforcement of mandatory hijab for women, but it has grown into a broad movement against the theocracy that has ruled Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

It has shown no signs of abating despite the authorities' use of deadly force. s and a campaign of mass arrests that has trapped academics, journalists and lawyers.

(With information from EFE)