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Iran News in Brief – January 8, 2021

While the family members of the victims of the Ukrainian plane are still grieving, the Iranian regime has still not answered for the crash of the Ukrainian plane.
While the family members of the victims of the Ukrainian plane are still grieving, the Iranian regime has still not answered for the crash of the Ukrainian plane



Maryam Rajavi: Khamenei’s ban on the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines is a crime against humanity

Treasury Sanctions Iraqi Militia Leader Connected to Serious Human Rights Abuse

Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Iraqi Popular Mobilization Committee (PMC) Chairman and former National Security Advisor Falih al-Fayyadh for his connection to serious human rights abuse. During protests beginning in October 2019, Iran-aligned elements of the PMC attacked Iraqi civilians demonstrating against corruption, unemployment, economic stagnation, poor public services, and Iranian interference in Iraq’s domestic affairs. Al-Fayyadh was part of a crisis cell comprised primarily of Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) militia leaders formed in late 2019 to suppress the Iraqi protests with the support of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF).

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Twitter has now removed Khamenei’s tweet for violating its rules by banning the US, UK, and French vaccines


Khamenei says The “import of American and British vaccines is banned” to Iran because he does not trust them

Baluch prisoner Hassan Dehvari undergoes savage tortures before execution

In a voice recording emerged from inside Iran a Baluch political prisoner who was recently executed said that he was tortured to make confessions. Baluch prisoner Hassan Dehvari, 28, was executed along with 21-year-old Elias Qalandarzehi, and Omid Mahmoudzehi on January 3, 2021, in the city of Zahedan, Sistan and Baluchestan province, southeast Iran.

According to Mohammadreza Faqihi, lawyer to Hassan and Elias, he had requested an appeal to the Supreme Court and the case was pending review.

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CTV News: Goodale rejects Iran’s offer to compensate Canadian victims of downed Ukraine plane

Canada’s special adviser on the Iranian military’s downing of a passenger jet one year ago this week is rejecting Tehran’s offer to pay $150,000 to the families of those killed in the tragedy.

Ralph Goodale, the former Liberal public safety minister, says Iran doesn’t have the right to offer compensation to victims’ families unilaterally.

Goodale told The Canadian Press the final amount will be subject to negotiations between Iran and Canada and the four other countries whose citizens were killed on the plane.

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Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll in 478 Cities Exceeds 198,400

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Thursday, January 7, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 478 cities had exceeded 198,400. The number of victims in Tehran is 48,591, Khorasan Razavi 13,435, Isfahan 12,395, Lorestan 8,018, Qom 7,745, Mazandaran 7,652, Gilan 7,036, Fars 6,063, Alborz 5,165, Golestan 4,917, Hamedan 4,703, Kerman 4,372, Kermanshah 4,129, Yazd 3,512, North Khorasan 3,053, Qazvin 2,072, South Khorasan 1,871, and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari 1,560.

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AP: A year on, questions haunt Iran’s downing of Ukrainian plane

The Ukrainian airliner PS752 was shot down by the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards on January 8, 2020, killing all 176 on board

When Navaz Ebrahim learned that a Ukrainian plane had fallen from the sky near Iran’s capital, she didn’t realize her older sister was on the flight. They had just spoken on the phone. Niloufar had promised her, like she always does, that everything was going to be alright.

As news spread of the jetliner that burst into flames and plunged to the ground, killing all 176 on board, Ebrahim called her mother in Tehran, desperate to hear that her 34-year-old sister and brother-in-law, newly married in the northern mountains of Iran, had taken any other plane home to London. Then her mother checked the flight number.

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Iranians Continue Protests; at Least Seven Rallies and Strikes on January 6

In Iran, not a day goes by without popular protests and spontaneous rallies and strikes. In this respect, different classes of society resort to protests to achieve their inherent rights. According to our sources, on January 6, citizens from different walks of life held at least seven protests.

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Iranians Continue Protests; at Least Seven Rallies and Strikes on January 6

Tehran’s Court of Appeals upheld a 2-year prison sentence for a journalist

Iran news in brief, January 8, 2021

Iran news in brief, January 8, 2021

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