Five things to know about the Iranian protests

Five things to know about the Iranian protests

Five things to know about the Iranian protests

The deaths reported in in Izeh bring the total number reported killed since Thursday to six, after four protesters were confirmed to have been killed in the western city of Dorud.

More than 400 people have been arrested across the country.

The state TV report said 10 were killed during clashes Sunday night, without elaborating.

"Police had no choice but to confront and shoot at people who broke norms last night and poured into the streets", said Ahmadreza Kazemi, parliamentary representative from Pole Dokhtar, in Lorestan Province, on December 31. Many in Izeh, some 455 kilometers (280 miles) southwest of Tehran, have hunting rifles in their homes.

Israel's Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said on Sunday that Iran's "murderous regime", which has repeatedly threatened to wipe Israel off the map, will "disappear", while Israel will "exist forever".

"I do not know whether yesterday's shooting was done by rally participants or the police and this issue is being investigated", Khademi was quoted by ILNA as saying. These protests are nowhere near as large as the ones in 2009, but they are spreading day by day.

On Twitter, President Trump has sought to portray the unrest as the direct result of "Iranian citizens fed up with regime's corruption & its squandering of the nation's wealth to fund terrorism overseas".

In his first intervention, President Rouhani warned on Sunday that violence would not be tolerated at the protests.

"The government will show no tolerance for those who damage public properties, violate public order and create unrest in the society", he said in remarks on state TV.

Iranian officials maintain that people have the right to stage protests to express their opinions, as long as the rallies comply with the legal conditions. Demonstrators accused former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of stealing the election and blocking genuine democratic movements. If the protests persist, the regime may crack down harder on them, with mass arrests and military lockdowns.

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