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Iran’s Narcotic Forces Open Fire and Kill Civilians in South-Eastern Iran

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On December 25, reports from Rasanak, a regional human rights news agency in Iran, stated that two men in Sistan and Baluchistan province were shot and killed by the Iranian regime’s narcotic forces.

One of the men was identified as a fuel carrier, Mahmoud Brahui who died in hospital on Sunday due to the severity of his injuries. His car was targeted and fired at by the narcotic forces on the suspicion that he was transporting drugs. Reports indicated that they found his car to be empty, but the agents then fired at him without warning.

The terms ‘fuel carrier’ and ‘border porter’ are an unfortunate consequence of 42 years of corruption and mismanagement under the Iranian regime which has resulted in a significant lack of job opportunities, especially for Iranians in north-western and south-eastern Iran.

The other man killed by the narcotic forces was identified as 26-year-old father Hamid Siahani. Yet again, his car was fired at under the suspicion that he was carrying drugs and trafficking smuggled goods. Only after he had been murdered did the forces find that the car contained no smuggled goods or drugs.

The Iranian regime’s security forces and police have a history of shooting and killing civilians. There are almost daily reports of police and border guards opening fire on Kurd border porters in western Iran and civilians carrying fuel in south-eastern Iran.

On December 24, a Baluch child was killed in the city of Saravan, also in the Sistan and Baluchistan Province. Osman Bameri was riding his motorcycle transferring fuel when he was shot and killed by officers from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), who are closely affiliated with the Iranian regime and hold a large portion of control over local economic and military operations.

An annual report by a human rights group said that at least 204 Iranian citizens were directly or indirectly killed or wounded by Iran’s state security forces in 2020. According to the report, at least 74 citizens were killed, including 36 kolbars, five fuel carriers, and 33 other citizens. The 2020 arbitrary shootings injured at least 130 people.

A Baluch prisoner was killed under torture on June 26 in a detention center in Suran, southeastern Iran, the Baloch Campaign website reported. The man was identified as Masoud Kahanki Gongi

Over the past year, the Iranian regime killed many of Iran’s Baluch citizens by unlawful excuses. On June 15, 2021, according to news reported by people of the Sistan and Baluchestan province two fuel carriers were killed by the IRGC in Mirjaveh county. The two men were identified as Saeed Shahouzehi and Naeem.

On May 25 the regime executed six Baluch men in Birjand prison on drug charges. Only one of them was identified. His name is Javad Nakhaei. The regime did not report the execution.

On April 16, 2021, a Baluch fuel carrier identified as Fazl Sabzel, who was caught at the zero-point border of Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan and Pakistan among many others, died because of hunger and thirst. This is a criminal plan implemented by the regime’s IRGC forces to kill Baluch people.

On February 24, 2021, two Baluch citizens while protesting were shot and killed by the IRGC in Qaleh Bid Base of Zahedan. One of them was only 13 years old. They were identified as Hassan Mohammadzehi, 13, and Mohammad Saleh Motaghedi.

On February 15, 2021, a young Baluch citizen was killed by the IRGC. He was identified as Mohammad Sanjarzehi. He was carrying a 60L gas can when the regime’s security force shot at his car without warning.

On February 2, 2021, a Baluch citizen was killed by the IRGC forces riding a motorcycle in Saravan. He was identified as Naser Fazeli. On the same day in another incident in Minab, the regime another one carried fuel.

On January 30, 2021, the regime hanged Javid Dehghan, 31 in Zahedan Prison. The execution was done despite the plea of the UN to halt his execution.

Baluch prisoner Hassan Dehvari, 28, was executed along with 21-year-old Elias Qalandarzehi, and Omid Mahmoudzehi on January 3, 2021, in the city of Zahedan, Sistan and Baluchestan province, southeast Iran.

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