At least 300 people have died in the latest unrest in Iran, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Forces, said on Tuesday.
“More than 300 people died in recent riots due to the fact that we were unable to distinguish between enemies and those who stood on our side,” Hajizadeh said.
Mass riots and protests have continued in Iran since mid-September over the death of a young Iranian woman, Mahsa Amini, after she was detained by the vice police. Street riots take place mainly in the provinces of Gilan, Khuzestan, Sistan and Balochistan, Tehran and Kurdistan. The Iranian authorities accuse Western countries of supporting the protesters, who in their media circulate messages of a subversive, anti-Iranian nature, as well as calls for the overthrow of power in Iran. The rioters are systematically attacking and killing members of the security forces – the police, the IRGC, as well as members of one of the major military structures – the Basij.