Tehran, Iran, Sep. 19 –
Clashes erupted at night in the strategic oil-rich city of Ahwaz, southern Iran, between people and State
Security Forces (SSF), residents reported on Monday.
The rioting began Sunday evening in the poverty-stricken districts of Shilang-Abad and Malashieh
where dozens of anti-government protestors were killed by security forces
in the month of April, according to those present at the scene.
As several large crowds gathered in the two districts, agents of the SSF
were brought in to prevent an escalation of protests. People threw stones
at government buildings and vehicles belonging to the SSF while they also
set alight tyres in the streets, residents
The SSF attacked protestors, according to eye witnesses; however, it was
unclear whether any arrests were made.
The strategic area
contains much of Iran’s oilfields.