Protests in Sistan and Baluchistan in southeast Iran, following the killing of at least ten people by IRGC, Feb 24, 2021. (Twitter)

September 4, 2021

Reports from southeastern Iran say that the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) on Friday opened fire on people carrying fuel to sell in Pakistan and set fire to the containers they were carrying.

For many people in the poverty-stricken Sistan-Baluchistan province carrying small amounts of fuel across the border to Pakistan is a way to make a living. Iranian border guards have fired at them before and killed many.

In February, IRGC forces opened fire on unarmed ‘fuel mules’ at the border crossing in Saravan killing at least ten people. The incident led to days of protests and attacks by civilians on government buildings. Uthorities brought additional special troops from other provinces to quell the unrest in which more civilians were killed.

Border guards also often fire on Kurdish porters in the west of the country who carry merchandise from Iraq into Iran without going through the legal customs points. Many Kurds who make a living by carrying smuggled household goods, such washing machines and refrigerators have been killed in recent years.

Although some lawmakers and officials have acknowledged that the government should find a solution to help the porters who carry the heavy merchandise on their backs through treacherous mountain passes, the IRGC continues to target them.

Iran International

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