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Terrorists opened fire on civilians to implicate government in killings: Iran MP

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Rioters set a police kiosk on fire on October 9 at Tehran Grand Bazaar. (File photo)

The head of the Iranian Parliament's foreign relations subcommittee says Western-backed terrorists used firearms to shoot at security forces and civilians to implicate the Iranian government in the killings.

Abbas Golroo made the remarks on Friday while speaking to Iran’s official news agency IRNA about the adoption of a resolution by the UN Human Rights Council, engineered by Germany, to probe claims of human rights abuses during the recent riots.

Martyrdom of security forces in recent riots shows that they entered the field, without being armed, to defend citizens, Golroo said. But the terrorists “opened fire on people and military and police forces to implicate the government in killing people.”

International institutions are established to address issues facing countries according to international law and without any political bias, he said, adding, “however, the resolutions which were recently discussed in the UN Human Rights Council and the IAEA Board of Governors were totally political and were ratified against the Islamic Republic of Iran according to plans devised by the US and the West and supported by their allies.”

The UN body has voted to establish an independent international fact-finding mission to investigate the purported abuses; however, Iran has strongly condemned and rejected the resolution as an interference in its internal affairs. 

‘West behind false-flag killings’

Golroo noted that the hostile stances of those countries who voted in favor of the resolution at the UN Human Rights Council are crystal clear.

“We consider this to be a hostile approach far from reality, and we will have no cooperation with such a committee because recent riots occurred due to the involvement of terrorist movements to implement false-flag killings and level accusations against Iran,” the lawmaker said.

He said all such plots are “hatched by Western states, the US, and the Zionist regime.”

The resolution points to alleged violence against civilians and the killing of protestors, especially children and women, while such false-flag killings have been conducted by terrorist groups who are backed by Western countries, he added.

If the fact-finding committee is truly independent and seeks truth, it should investigate terrorist attacks in Shah Cheragh and Izeh, said the MP, referring to two recent terrorist attacks in Iran.

On October 26, a Daesh-affiliated terrorist attacked the Shah Cheragh shrine in the southern province of Fars before the evening prayers, killing at least 15 pilgrims — including a woman and two children — and injuring 40 others.

At least seven people were also killed after terrorists opened fire at people and security forces at a crowded market in Khuzestan province’s Izeh around sunset on November 17.

The bulk of the victims of these attacks were women and children, Golroo said, adding, “All clues of these terrorist attacks can be traced back to countries who called for the establishment of a fact-finding committee.”

Double standards

Elsewhere in his comments, Golroo said the countries who have demanded the formation of the fact-finding committee are themselves perpetrators of such crimes.

“Why didn’t they establish such a committee on crimes of the US, the UK, Germany, and other supporters of such resolutions that have carried out crimes in Syria, Yemen, Iran-Iraq war and other countries? ... [or] on the killing of half a million women and children in Syria and Iraq by Daesh who acted as agents of Europe, America, and the Zionist regime?” he asked.

The anti-Iran resolution comes as foreign-backed riots have hit some Iranian provinces since 22-year-old woman Mahsa Amini died at the hospital on September 16, three days after she collapsed at a police station.

An investigation has attributed Amini’s death to her medical condition, rather than alleged beatings by the police.

The riots, meanwhile, have claimed the lives of dozens of people and security forces, while also allowing terrorist attacks across the country. In the last two months, the terrorists have set fire to public property and tortured several Basij members and security forces to death.

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