Iran blames al Jazeera TV and ”foreign elements” for sparking internal riots
Iran's Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani said on Wednesday that foreign elements and al-Jazeera TV networks have incited unrest in Khuzestan province.
He told reporters that the SNSC is studying how a fake letter caused unrest in that province. "The origin of the unrest in Khuzestan province is that a forged letter has aggravated public opinion," Rowhani said, according to IRNA.
"Of course, certain people have been involved in the unrest and the Information Ministry is currently following up the matter to identify those behind the scenario," Rowhani conveyed.
He said that the government will at the same time examine if inhabitants of the province have demands from the government. He stated that the government will study the demands of the people living in Khuzestan province away from ethnic dispute.
Fierce clashes have erupted between ethnic Arabs and Iranian security forces in Khuzestan province, which is bordering Iraq. Several people were reported dead.