(Repeats item with no changes to text) By Reuters staff Dec 23 (Reuters) – After days of protests across Iran last month, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared impatient. Gathering his top security and government officials together, he issued an order: Do whatever it takes to stop them. That order, confirmed by three sources close to the supreme leader’s inner circle and a fourth official, set in motion the bloodiest crackdown on protesters since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. About 1,500 people were killed during less than two weeks of unrest that started on Nov. 15. The toll, provided to Reuters by three Iranian interior ministry officials, included at least 17 teenagers and about 400 women as well as some members of the security forces and police. The toll of 1,500 is significantly higher than figures from international human rights groups and the United States. A Dec. 16 report by Amnesty International said the death toll was at least 304. The U.S. State Department, in a statement to Reuters, said it estimates that many hundreds of Iranians were killed, and has seen reports that number could be over 1,000. The figures provided to Reuters, said two of the Iranian officials… Read full this story
- Iran Leaders Keep Focus on Biden As Israel Threatens Military Strike Over Nuclear Deal
- A Glimpse Into Biden's Migration-Related Orders...Which Will 'Take Some Time' to Implement
- Why the double standard on human rights with Saudi Arabia and Iran?
- Russia Seeks Quick US Return to Iran Nuclear Deal to Avoid Middle East Chaos
- 'Climate day means jobs day': Biden sells his green vision as an economic boost as he signs orders to ban drilling on all federal land, abolish fossil fuel subsidies and make America a zero emissions country by 2050
- Myanmar's military seizes power in coup after detaining leader Aung San Suu Kyi and ruling party politicians
- Hunter Biden emails 'identify Joe Biden as ''the Big Guy'' who would receive 10% share in deal with Chinese energy firm', report says
- Belarus: UN rights council adopts monitoring of protest crackdown
- Iran Fires Back at Biden's Top Diplomat: We Didn't Violate Nuclear Deal, You Did
- Biden faces deadline pressure on Iran deal
RPT-SPECIAL REPORT-Iran’s leader ordered crackdown on unrest: "Do whatever it takes to end it" have 347 words, post on www.reuters.com at December 23, 2019. This is cached page on VietMaz. If you want remove this page, please contact us.