Iran Intensifies Crackdown In Kurdish Area; Rights Group Says 4 Killed

DUBAI — Iran’s clerical rulers have stepped up suppression of persistent anti-government protests in the country’s Kurdish region, deploying troops and killing at least four demonstrators Sunday, social media posts and rights groups said.

Nationwide protests, sparked by the death of 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in September in the custody of the morality police, have been at their most intense in the areas where the majority of Iran’s 10 million Kurds live.

Videos on social media, unverifiable by Reuters, showed a convoy of military vehicles with heavily armed troops, purportedly in the western city of Mahabad. The sounds of heavy weaponry could be heard in several other videos.

The Norway-based human rights group Hengaw said military helicopters carried members of the widely feared Revolutionary Guard to quell the protests in the Sunni-dominated Kurdish city of Mahabad.


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