Khuzestan: 75% of Protest Detainees Released
The governor of the city of Dasht Azadegan Hamid Silavi announced that more than 75% of those detained in the city's latest protests were released.
- From the protests in Khuzestan
Dasht Azadegan's governor stated that the release of the protesters was in the interest of returning stability to the city, principally considering the order given by the chief of Iran's judiciary, as numerous detainees had not participated in property destruction, adding that work is ongoing to release more detainees by Wednesday.
Khuzestan has recently witnessed protests amidst a severe water shortage that plagued the province. In recent years, extreme heatwaves and seasonal sandstorms originating from neighboring Saudi Arabia and Iraq, resulted in the dehydration of the once-fertile lands of Khuzestan.
During these protests, four Iranian police officers were shot and killed in Shadegan city after a gas station drive-by executed by assailants on a motorcycle. In the coastal city of Mahshahr, an officer was killed by two terrorists who infiltrated the crowds of protestors.
Iranian Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei formerly expressed that Khuzesan was a "painful" dilemma, and urged officials to tackle the obstacles in the province for a resolution.
IRGC Chief Major General Salami visited Khuzestan last Saturday to administer new water projects and proposals becoming available to the public during the crises.