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Iran leader calls for 'Islamic mercy' after bloody crackdown

AP  |  Dubai 

Iran's supreme leader has reportedly called on judicial officials to treat those detained in recent protests with "Islamic mercy" after authorities acknowledged security forces shot and killed demonstrators nationwide.

A report Wednesday by the state-run IRNA agency also quoted Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying citizens killed in the protests "without playing any part in instigating them" should be considered martyrs and their families should receive government stipends.

Khamenei's comments come as Iranian officials only Tuesday openly acknowledged security forces killed demonstrators.

Amnesty International believes at least 208 people were killed in the protests and security force crackdown that began from November 15.

Iran disputes Amnesty's figures but has so far refused to release any nationwide casualty or arrest figures.

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First Published: Wed, December 04 2019. 21:05 IST