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Iran News in Brief – August 13, 2021

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Shocking Numbers of Covid-19 Deaths in Iran

Hospitals in the majority of Iranian cities are overburdened with patients and cemeteries cannot even cope with the influx of new deaths. An entire nation is suffering from a supreme leader whose inhumane policies and prohibition of all credible Covid-19 vaccines is tearing apart almost all Iranian families.


Iran: The Staggering Number of Coronavirus Victims Exceeds 358,900

Infographic-PMOI-MEK reports over 358,900 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Thursday, August 12, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 547 cities is more than 358,900. The number of victims in Tehran has reached 84,296, Isfahan 24,160, Khuzestan 22,596, Khorasan Razavi 22,335, Mazandaran 13,940, East Azerbaijan 13,653, Lorestan 13,220, West Azerbaijan 12,888, Fars 12,462, Gilan 11,745, Sistan and Baluchestan 10,555, Alborz 10,518, Kerman 9,013, Golestan 8,515, Kermanshah 6,568, Yazd 6,278, Hormozgan 6,215, Ardabil 4,360, Ilam 3,643, and South Khorasan 3,326.

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Iran: Raisi’s Cabinet, a Group of Assassins, Terrorists, and Thieves Handpicked From Khamenei’s Office

NCRI statement about Ebrahim Raisi's cabinet

Ebrahim Raisi, the henchman of the 1988 massacre, submitted the list of his cabinet Ministers, dictated by the regime’s Supreme Leader Khamenei, to the regime’s parliament on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. This is a 19-member list of assassins, terrorists, and thieves handpicked from Khamenei’s Office and its subordinate bodies such as the IRGC, the Quds Force, the Judiciary, and the giant conglomerate, Astan-e Quds Razavi.

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Iran’s Regime Is Playing With the COVID-19 Casualty Statistics

Tehran-Behesht Zahra Cemetery. The coronavirus death toll in Tehran has surpassed the number 82,296

While the death toll of Iran’s coronavirus outbreak is nearing 355,600, the regime continues to delay purchasing Covid-19 vaccines and is poised on inflicting even more pain and damage on the country’s population. Ebrahim Raisi’s taking reigns of the presidency coincided with the rise of Covid-19 casualties in Iran. According to the regime’s engineered statistics, the number of casualties reached 588 in a recent 24 hour period. The highest such stat was previously reported on April 26, standing at 496 coronavirus casualties. The official statistics show the number of 40,808 cases on August 9, which is record-breaking.

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Raisi’s Cabinet: A Full Roster of Criminals, Crooks, and IRGC Vets

Ebrahim Raisi's cabinet is filled with veterans in corruption, crimes, and terrorism

On Wednesday, Ebrahim Raisi, the Iranian regime’s new president, handed the candidates for his cabinet to the Majlis (parliament). Most of his future ministers are, unsurprisingly, among regime officials with strong ties to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and who are known for terrorism, human rights violations, or financial corruption. Esmail Khatib, who will serve as the intelligence minister, has a long history in the intelligence branch of the IRGC, was a long-standing member of the office of regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei, and has also served in the Astan-e Quds Foundation, one of the institutions that the regime uses to absorb Iran’s wealth and assets for its evil goals.

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Tehran COVID-19 Official Says Regime Prevented Vaccine Imports, Hid Death Toll From Who


The head of Tehran’s Coronavirus Combat Headquarters, Dr. Alireza Zali, told reporters yesterday that the regime prevented vaccine imports because they thought it was too expensive and hid COVID-19 deaths from the World Health Organization. “When the first case of COVID-19 was seen in Qom, I requested that the city be quarantined, and elections be canceled there. I was ridiculed by some who said they could easily control the illness,” Dr. Alireza Zali said in what ISNA News Agency called “unprecedented remarks”.

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Former Iran Minister Sentenced to Lashes for “Publishing Lies”


Iran’s former Minister of Roads & Urban Development was sentenced to lashes for “publishing lies”. According to the state-run Tasnim News Agency, 64-year-old Abbas Akhoundi was sentenced to 3 months of prison and 60 lashes by the Tehran Appeals Court. Akhoundi was the Minister of Roads and Urban Development from 2013 to 2018 under Hassan Rouhani’s presidency. This is the third case of flogging sentences in the month of August.

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International Youth Day in Iran


Every year, the international community marks August 12 as International Youth Day, drawing attention to cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. This IYD is the 21st consecutive year of this awareness day, which was designated by the United Nations in 2000 for the first time. “Young people are on the frontlines of the struggle to build a better future for all,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres, praising the role of youth. “I urge everyone to guarantee young people a seat at the table as we build a world based on inclusive, fair, and sustainable development for all.”

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