A health worker identified as Mohamed Falá has been shot dead in Mazandaran province, northern Iran, during protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, who died after her arrest for not wearing her veil properly.
Falah was riding in an ambulance when she was hit by a bullet fired from a hunting rifle. The victim was carrying out aid work in the midst of the protests, according to the official Iranian news agency IRNA.
“My son was working as a health worker. He was shot when he was doing rescue work,” said the victim’s father, who questioned whether his son deserved to have been shot. He also linked these protests to “those who do not want an independent Iran”.
The father of the deceased has assured that the perpetrators were well trained and organized because up to four individuals escorted the person responsible for the shooting away from the scene of the incident.
Authorities have reported 61 ambulances and 25 fire trucks damaged during the protests. In addition, four firefighters were injured, according to official media.
Meanwhile, civil and human rights organizations have denounced the death of at least 17 citizens, all of them Kurds, shot by security forces during the recent protests. Four of the 17 killed are said to be minors. There are also hundreds of detainees.