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Iran protests death toll rises to 244, over 12,500 detained: Rights group

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Iran’s security forces have killed 244 protesters and arrested over 12,500 others in anti-government demonstrations sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody, a rights group said on Friday.

Of those killed, 32 were children, the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), a news site run by a collective of Iranian human rights advocates, said.

The group estimated the number of people arrested during the protests to be 12,516.

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There have been 28 fatalities among security forces, according to HRANA.

Protests erupted across Iran after Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, died in police custody on September 16.

The protests quickly escalated and turned political with demonstrations taking place country-wide. Protesters have been chanting against Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and calling for the downfall of the regime.

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