US says Iran ‘responsible’ for safety of US inmates in prison
Four inmates died and 61 others were injured after a fire broke out at Evin prison in Tehran, the Judicial Authority website said on Sunday.
“Four prisoners died due to smoke inhalation caused by the fire and 61 others were injured,” Mizan Online reported, adding that four of the injured were in “serious condition”.
A fire broke out on Saturday evening at Evin prison in Tehran, where gunshots were heard according to NGOs, at the end of a new day of demonstrations against power and a month after the start of the protest movement triggered by the death of Mahsa Amini.
“Disorders and clashes were observed on Saturday evening,” confirmed a senior security official quoted by the official Irna agency. But “at the moment, the situation is completely under control and calm has returned to the prison”, he added, attributing the start of fire to “thugs”.
Images shared on Twitter by the Oslo-based non-governmental organization Iran Human Rights (IHR) showed huge flames and thick smoke billowing from the prison, where prisoners of conscience are held, as shots were heard.
Hours after the incidents, the United States said Iran was “responsible” for the safety of Americans held in Evin prison.
“Iran bears full responsibility for the safety of our wrongfully detained citizens, who must be released immediately,” tweeted US Foreign Affairs spokesman Ned Price, adding that Washington was monitoring the development of the incident. “closely”.
The incident comes as a wave of protests has rocked Iran since the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd who died on September 16, three days after her arrest by vice police for allegedly , violates the dress code of the Islamic Republic for women, including the wearing of the veil.