Twitter Account Names Children Allegedly Killed by Iranian Authorities


 By Kayhan Life Staff


On June 27, the human rights Twitter account @1500tasvir published the names of several children who have allegedly been killed by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s police, security, and military forces under various circumstances.

According to @1500tasvir, security forces in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan have targeted children “daily,” killing three “fuel burners” aged 7, 16, and 17 in recent days.

Fuel burners (those engaged in smuggling fuel) are common in the eastern borders of Iran, especially in Sistan and Baluchestan. Drivers earn a living by carrying and selling a few gallons of fuel in a car, truck, or motorcycle to neighboring countries.

Many children were victims of gunshots, missile attacks, and even honor killings. In most cases, the perpetrators of honor killings are not prosecuted in Iran or receive light sentences.

The children reportedly ranged from 3 to 14 years old.

The list of names published in the tweet by @1500tasvir included Amir Reza Abdollahi (12 years old), Mezgin Palangi (8), Armin Sadeghi (13), Ali Mousavi (13), Hassani Bamri (3), Sadra Narouie (5), Ahmad Heidari (13), Alireza Bamri (11), Reera Esmaeilion (9), Karoon Hajizadeh (9), Morteza Rousta (3), Mohammad Reza Veisi (13), Soufi Emami (5), Osman Bamri (11), Roya Sarani (12) and Nikta Esfandani (14).

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Children Allegedly Killed by Iranian Authorities. KL./

Amir Reza Abdollahi, a 12-year-old boy, was reportedly shot dead by security forces while crossing the street in Eslamshahr, in Tehran Province, during the November 2019 protests. His working-class family had to bury their son in a private ceremony.

Mezgin Palangi, an eight-year-old girl, died when the car that she and her family were traveling in was reportedly sprayed with bullets by security forces. The forces claimed that they had followed the car because it did not have proper registration documents. The family was traveling on Tabriz-Urmia Freeway to Zanjan, the capital of the northwestern province of Zanjan.

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Security forces in Khomeyni Shahr, in the central province of Isfahan, reportedly shot dead Armin Sadegh, a 13-year-old boy. Authorities extracted a forced confession from his family in a television broadcast, saying protesters killed him.

Nikta Esfandani, a 14-year-old girl, was reportedly killed by a bullet on Nov. 16, 2019, in Sattar Khan Street in Tehran. Authorities extracted a forced confession from her father, which was broadcast on state TV, saying she was not killed by the regime’s police or security forces.

Hassani Bamri, a three-year-old boy and his maternal uncles, Hamzeh and Moslem, both 11 years old, were killed when security forces in Delgan, in the Sistan and Baluchestan province, reportedly opened fire on the car they were traveling in.

Security forces in May 2021 in Iranshahr, in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, reportedly shot dead Sadra Narouie, a five-year-old boy.

Roya Sarani, a 12-year-old girl, and her brother were reportedly shot dead by security forces who had stopped their car in Zahedan, in Sistan and Baluchestan Province.

Security forces in January 2018 in Ghahdarijan in Isfahan Province reportedly killed Ahmad Heidari, a 13-year-old child laborer.

Karoon Hajizadeh, a nine-year-old boy, and his father Hamid Hajizadeh, a poet, author, and teacher, were victims of political killings known as “serial murders.” The security forces allegedly stabbed the two dozen times.

Morteza Rousta, a three-year-old boy, and his father, suspected of fueling (smuggling fuels), were reportedly shot dead during a search and seizure of their house in Iranshahr in Sistan and Baluchestan Province.

In August 2020, Mohammad Reza Veisi, a 13-year-old boy, and his father were reportedly shot dead while watering crops on their farm. The security forces were allegedly involved in an archeological dig in the area.

Reera Esmaeilion, a nine-year-old girl, and Sofia Emami, a five-year-old girl, were among the 15 children who died when the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) air-defense missile system shot down Ukrainian commercial flight PS752 near Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport on Jan. 8, 2020, killing all 176 people on board.

On the same Twitter thread, social media users have posted names and pictures of other children allegedly killed by the Islamic Republic police and security forces.

Amnesty International’s March 3, 2020 report said that at least 23 children were killed by the Iranian security forces in the nationwide November 2019 protests.

“An investigation by Amnesty International has uncovered evidence that at least 23 children were killed by the Iranian security forces in the nationwide protests in November,” the report noted. “At least 22 of the children were shot dead by Iranian security forces who had unlawfully fired live ammunition at unarmed protesters and bystanders, according to Amnesty’s findings.”

“Amnesty’s 36-page report — ‘They shot our children’: Killing minors in Iran’s November 2019 protests — shows how Iran’s security forces killed 22 boys (aged between 12 and 17) and one girl, reportedly aged between eight and 12.”

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