(December 5, 2019 / JNS) The latest mass Iranian protests have killed as many as 1,000 citizens, including at least 12 children, said U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook on Thursday.
“This is the worst political crisis the regime has faced in its 40 years,” he told reporters at the U.S. State Department.
“Look, they even jail and murder environmentalists when they organize like the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation,” added Hook about the regime.
He mentioned that the State Department received tips, including videos, from 32,000 people that demonstrates the brutality behind the Islamic Republic’s crackdown of the protests, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shooting demonstrators with bullets from machine guns, followed by loading bodies onto trucks.
With the Internet shut down in the country, Hook said that the United States has tried to “facilitate communication.”
Additionally, Hook announced $15 million, as part of the State Department’s Rewards for Justice Program, for information on IRGC Quds Force operative Abdul Reza Shahlai, who has been sanctioned by the United States.
Support Jewish Journalism
with 2020 Vision
JNS is more than just another news website and syndication service. It is an organization devoted to nonstop reporting, and telling the truth about Israel and Jewish issues unburdened by the biases and institutional blinders that distort so much of what we read, hear and see about these topics elsewhere in the secular and even Jewish press.
At JNS, you get the facts about Israel and Jewish issues without the bias that so often tilts the argument against the Jewish state. JNS articles and columns are republished every week by digital outlets and print newspapers across the globe. But in the age of round-the-clock news coverage, advertising and syndication revenues are not enough to support our continued growth. We need your financial help to keep JNS on target as we continue our fair and accurate reporting.
Please help us take JNS to the next level with a tax-deductible sponsorship, either on a recurring monthly basis. Jewish News Syndicate is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.