Iran news in brief, May 27, 2020
Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll Exceeds 44,500 in 323 Cities
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran announced on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Coronavirus death toll in 323 cities across Iran is more than 44,500. In Khuzestan, the health director of Mahshahr port told ILNA news agency, on Tuesday: “The Coronavirus outbreak in Khuzestan has taken an upward trend … In the last few days, Mahshahr hospitals have been overwhelmed with patients. Again, Naft Hospital allocated another ward to Coronavirus patients. Hospital beds are not enough, and there is no room for more patients. Unfortunately, many of the medical staff have contracted the virus, which forced them to quarantine. I emphasize that we have no substitute for them.”
COVID-19 Threaten Life of Political Prisoner in Iran
Political prisoner Akbar Bagheri has been suffering from hemorrhage for three weeks and has become seriously weak. He is detained in ward 5 of the Greater Tehran Penitentiary where covid-19 suspected patients are held and is in danger of becoming infected. Akbar Bagheri has an 8-year-old daughter and an elderly mother who were under his care. His family live in Kermanshah and are not able to visit him due to the long distance. A supporter of the opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, he was arrested in 2018 during a protest rally held by the clients of the Caspian credit firm, linked to the Iranian Regime’s Revolutionary Guards in front of the regime’s parliament.
Teenage Schoolgirl Beheaded, Victim of Honor Killings in Iran
A 13-year-old Iranian girl was beheaded in her sleep by her own father, after trying to elope with her boyfriend. Romina Ashrafi is one of the victims of honor killings in Iran which are sanctioned and institutionalized by the laws of the clerical regime. The incident occurred in a small town of about 5,000 people in the northern city of Talesh in Gilan Province. Violence against women, domestic violence and honor killings have not been criminalized in the Constitution and other laws of the clerical regime in Iran.