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'Ten dead' in Iran as anti-government protests continue

'Ten dead' in Iran as anti-government protests continue

Ten people have been killed amid nationwide protests in Iran, according to Iranian state TV. However, information about them remains scarce as both state-run and semi-official media in Iran have not widely reported on the protests.

One official has confirmed the deaths of two protesters in Dorud in western Iran.

However, they took on new importance after the economic protests began on Thursday, sparked by social media posts and a surge in prices of basic food supplies, like eggs and poultry.

More than 400 people have been arrested across the country.

It said two people were killed and six wounded. Many in Izeh, some 455 kilometers (280 miles) southwest of Tehran, have hunting rifles in their homes.

Khademi said the cause of deaths in Izeh wasn't immediately known.

Foreign support can often be detrimental for protesters within Iran, as it routinely is used by the regime to undermine homegrown opposition demands. These protests are nowhere near as large as the ones in 2009, but they are spreading day by day.

Mr Rouhani described the USA president as an "enemy of the Iranian nation from the top of his head to his very toes" after Mr Trump said Iranians were "finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism".

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani delivered a speech on Sunday evening in an attempt to ease tensions in the country. Youths vented fury at the high unemployment rate.

In his remarks Mr Rouhani acknowledged popular grievances, though he warned that the government would show "no tolerance for those who damage public properties, violate public order and create unrest in the society". He stressed that people have the right to express their discontent with the authorities, but called for calm and restraint.

In this photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, university students attend a protest inside Tehran University while anti-riot Iranian police prevent them to join other protestors, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.

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