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Three killed as Iran unrest shows no signs of subsiding

TEHRAN: Three security personnel have been killed by rioters in Iran, the latest deaths in protests that showed no sign of subsiding Tuesday despite a wave of arrests and an internet shutdown. The deaths take to at least five the number of people confirmed to have been killed in the nationwide demonstrations that erupted on Friday against a shock decision to impose petrol price hikes.The situation on the streets remains unclear largely due to the government-imposed internet outage which has entered a third day. On Tuesday, journalists saw two petrol stations in central Tehran gutted by fire and damage to other infrastructure including a police station and pedestrian overpass. But they were prevented from filming as hundreds of riot police stood guard at entrances to major squares in the Iranian capital with armoured vehicles and water cannon. When the demonstrations broke out on Friday, drivers stopped their vehicles on major thoroughfares in Tehran to block traffic. However, Iran alternatively downplayed and demonized ongoing protests across the country under the weight of U.S. economic sanctions. The United States announced Monday it would halt sanctions waivers for Iran s Fordow plant, likely ending a key component of a landmark nuclear deal after Tehran said it had resumed enrichment activities.Piling pressure as protests hit Iran, the move is intended to discourage work led by Russia s state-owned nuclear company Rosatom at the once-secret site, which was supposed to be transformed into a civilian research center under the 2015 agreement.

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