Abb Takk News

Death Toll Jumps To 40 In Protests Over Fuel Price Hike In Iran

TEHRAN: At least 40 people have been killed in Iran in ongoing violent protests over the fuel price hike.

The large-scale protests across Iran were triggered by a sharp rise in petrol prices over the weekend, with a 300 percent increase reported in some cases.

Protests quickly spread out of Tehran and through the nation, with more than 100 towns and cities engulfed in the increasingly violent unrest as security forces met protestors with deadly force.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday blamed the turmoil on Iran’s foreign foes, including the United States, and denounced protesters as “thugs”.