Updated: Wed, 23 Nov 2022 06:59 AM IST
IN ITS crackdown on the protests started by Mahsa Amini's death, Iranian security forces have killed 72 people, including 56 in Kurdish-populated areas in the previous week alone, a rights group, as quoted by Agence France-Presse (AFP) said on Tuesday.
The protests, which started in mid of September after the death of the 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in the custody of the morality police, have grown to be the largest test for Iran's religious government since the Islamic revolution of 1979.
Authorities have responded to the wave of protests by stepping up their repression, which has sparked a global uproar. The wave of protests has transcended nationalities, social classes, and regional lines.
In its most recent report on violence inside Iran, the Norwegian organisation Iran Human Rights (IHR) said that 416 people had been slain by security personnel across the country, including 51 children and 21 women, AFP reported.
According to the report, 72 people lost their lives in the previous week alone, including 56 in western Kurdish-populated areas where there has been an upsurge in protest activity over recent days.
On Tuesday, Iran also launched repeated cross-border missile and drone strikes, targeting Kurdish opposition groups in exile as it accuses of stoking the protests from their bases in neighbouring Iraq.
The international world was urged to take action on Monday by the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran to stop a massacre in the region.
"Unless Islamic republic authorities decide the costs of massacring civilians to crush the ongoing protests in Iran are too high, they will continue to slaughter children, women and men with impunity in a desperate attempt to reassert control," said CHRI director Hadi Ghaemi.