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Iran protest turns violent; at least 1 death reported

CNN logo CNN 7/1/2018 By Sara Mazloumsaki, CNN
Middle East, true colour satellite image. North is at top. Vegetation is green, water is dark blue and bare ground, mostly desert, is yellow-brown. At centre is the Arabian Peninsula, mainly comprising Saudi Arabia, bordered on the left by the Red Sea and on the right by the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea (bottom right). Iran lies between the Caspian Sea (top right) and the Persian Gulf. To the right of Iran are Afghanistan and Pakistan, and to the left is Iraq. North-east Africa is at lower left. The Nile delta (green) of Egypt is clearly seen draining into the Mediterranean Sea (upper left). This image was compiled from data acquired by LANDSAT 5 & 7 satellites., Middle East, True Colour Satellite Image. Planet Observer/Universal Images Group/Getty Images © Planet Observer/Universal Images Group/Getty Images Middle East, true colour satellite image. North is at top. Vegetation is green, water is dark blue and bare ground, mostly desert, is yellow-brown. At centre is the Arabian Peninsula, mainly comprising Saudi Arabia, bordered on the left by the Red Sea and on the right by the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea (bottom right). Iran lies between the Caspian Sea (top right) and the Persian Gulf. To the right of Iran are Afghanistan and Pakistan, and to the left is Iraq. North-east Africa is at lower left. The Nile delta (green) of Egypt is clearly seen draining into the Mediterranean Sea (upper left). This image was compiled from data acquired by LANDSAT 5 & 7 satellites., Middle East, True Colour Satellite Image. Planet Observer/Universal Images Group/Getty Images

A peaceful protest over a water shortage in the southern Iran city of Khorramshahr turned violent Saturday, after clashes between police and protesters broke out, Iran's state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.

Police used tear gas to contain the crowd. Protesters responded by throwing stones and other objects, damaging public property, including the Holy Defense Museum and a local bridge.

Protesters said at least one person was killed, according to posts shared on social media. CNN has not been able to independently verify any deaths or injuries.

The protests broke out due to a clean water shortage that has affected the city and nearby Abadan during the hot Iranian summer. Temperatures in the southern region can reach up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

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