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Iran News in Brief – July 16, 2021

Protests erupted in certain southern Iranian cities because of water shortages – July 15, 2021



Heat Reaches Social Levels

Despite the fact that the highest officials in Tehran were shocked by last night’s unrest and rushed to find a solution for the new wave of unrest in the southern provinces, tonight, the Khuzestan province is on fire.



Locals in southern Iran protest lack of water

Protests erupted in certain southern Iranian cities because of water shortages. Locals are facing severe water shortages due to the regime’s mismanagement and corruption. They were chanting “we will not bow down”.

Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll Exceeds 329,800

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Thursday, July 15, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 547 cities had exceeded 329,800. The number of victims in Tehran has reached 76,926, Isfahan 22,325, Khuzestan 20,971, Khorasan Razavi 20,060, Mazandaran 12,795, Fars 11,147, Gilan 10,776, Qom 10,000, Alborz 9,388, Sistan and Baluchestan 8,636, Kerman 7,833, Semnan 5,360, Hormozgan 5,260, Ardabil 4,015, and Zanjan 3,555.

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Prisoners Sentenced to Death Face Forced Confessions and Harassment of Their Families

According to local reports, nine Iranian political prisoners sentenced to death or long-term imprisonment in Mashhad Vakil Abad Prison in a letter asked international human rights organizations for help. They addressed the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran Javaid Rehman and explained the regime’s pressures on themselves and their families.

They emphasized that all charges were false, and everything was under pressure and torture and forced confessions and that the regime’s infamous Ministry of Intelligence is responsible for the suffering of their families.

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Three child suicides in past two weeks in Iran

In the past two weeks, three children committed suicide in Dana County, Gachsaran County in southwestern Iran, and Malekan County in northwestern Iran. Child suicides are common in Iran.

According to the Human Rights News Agency, 17-year-old Mehdi Amini Afshar Aghayari committed suicide in Malekan County. Mehdi hanged himself on July 4. An informed source said the reason for suicide was family problems.

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Ambassador says Iran ready to export electricity to Pakistan

In a meeting on July 12 between Iran’s ambassador and Pakistan’s Minister of Energy, Iran’s ambassador to Pakistan said his country was ready to export electricity to Pakistan, despite extended blackouts in Iran.

According to the state-run IRNA News Agency, Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini, Iran’s ambassador to Pakistan, met with Hammad Azhar, Pakistan’s Minister of Energy in Islamabad, Pakistan to discuss cooperation in the field of energy.

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Iran denies medical care to political prisoners with serious conditions

Afshin Baymani and Abolghasem Fouladvand
Afshin Baymani and Abolghasem Fouladvand

Political prisoners Afshin Baymani and Abolghasem Fouladvand have been denied access to medical treatment in Rajai Shahr Prison.
Iranian prison authorities have denied the two prisoners access to adequate medical treatment and transfer to a hospital.

Abolghasem Fouladvand was taken to Madani Hospital on Saturday night due to his deteriorating condition and showing symptoms of a heart attack. But he was returned to prison on Sunday, July 11, without completing his treatment and while still suffering from heart condition.

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