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Protests Erupt in Iran over Rise in Petrol Prices, 2 Killed

TEHRAN: At least two persons have been killed and others injured in Iran during the protests after the government unexpectedly announced it was rationing petrol and increasing its price.

The state news agency said there were clashes with police when protesters attacked a fuel storage warehouse on Friday and tried to set fire to it.

Fresh protests were held Saturday in the cities of Doroud, Garmsar, Gorgan, Ilam, Karaj, Khoramabad, Mehdishahr, Qazvin, Qom, Sanandaj, Shahroud and Shiraz, Irna reported.

Protests erupted hours after the new policies were announced on Friday – with fresh demonstrations on Saturday in some cities.

According to officials, the changes, which have seen prices rise by at least 50%, will free up money to help the poor.

Iran is already suffering economically due to stiff sanctions imposed by the US after Washington decided to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.