Protesters, police clash in Iran

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Hundreds of protesters, some throwing rocks, clashed with police in Iran’s central city of Isfahan on Friday, Iranian news agencies and social media posts said.

Clashes happened after officers fired tear gas at demonstrators backing farmers demanding water for crops.

Isfahan, Iran’s third largest city, has been the site of protests over water shortages held in the dried up riverbed of the Zayandeh Rud, the largest river in the region.

The semi-official news agency Fars said demonstrators threw rocks and set fire to a police motorcycle and an ambulance. “They are in groups of 40-50 on streets around Khaju Bridge and are estimated at around 300,” Fars said. — Reuters

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