10 people killed amid nationwide protests

Protests have been held across Iran

Khademi said the cause of deaths in Izeh wasn't immediately known.

The first two deaths occurred on Saturday night in the west of the country, according to AP.

"On Saturday evening, there was an illegal protest in Dorud and a number of people took to the streets responding to calls from hostile groups, leading to clashes", said Habibollah Khojastehpour, the deputy governor of the western Lorestan province, according to Sky News.

"Unfortunately in these clashes two citizens from Dorud were killed".

Videos appearing to show the bloodied bodies of those said to have been killed has been widely shared on social media, but there has been no independent verification of footage.

Hundreds of people have been arrested.

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Described as the largest in almost a decade, demonstrations have continued for the third consecutive day in a number of cities across Iran, despite officials calling on citizens to avoid "illegal gatherings".

Regarding the protests, Iranian Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli said, "those who destroy public properties, create chaos, lawlessness and insecurity in our society, will be held legally responsible and must answer for their behaviors".

On Sunday, Iran blocked access to Instagram and the popular messaging app Telegram used by activists to organize. Calls by President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for Iran to respect the rights of demonstrators were seized on by Iranian officials who sought to blame the protests on outsiders.

PETER KENYON, BYLINE: Saturday was meant to feature a nationwide show of support for the Islamic Republic, and state-sanctioned marches did take place, but they were quickly overshadowed by the spread of antigovernment protests.

But in cities across Iran, protesters ripped down posters of Ayatollah Khamenei, the Islamic Republic's supreme leader.

Thousands of Iranians hit the streets in northeastern cities on Thursday to protest rising commodity prices and perceived government mismanagement.

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