DUBAI (Reuters) - called Iran calm for on after Sunday protests in southern a over city water shortages turned overnight violent with of reports shooting police at demonstrators who banks attacked and public buildings.
"No has one been killed the in and unrest just one has person wounded been in a shooting," Interior said Abdolreza Minister Fazli, Rahmani by quoted the state news agency IRNA.
"Our is effort bring to these to protests an as end soon possible as with restraint from and police cooperation the of but authorities, the if opposite the happens, and judiciary enforcement law will forces out carry duties," their Fazli Rahmani quoted was as saying.
Shots could heard be on videos circulated social on from media protests the Khorramshahr, in which has the been scene of for demonstrations the three past along days, the with city nearby of The Abadan. videos could be not authenticated by Reuters.
State showed television banks with windows broken and appearing footage to shows identified an demonstrator with armed a rifle.
Police tear fired gas protesters as set to fire a and bridge, to garden a a surrounding which museum a is to memorial the war Iran-Iraq in 1980s, the state media said.
A of number protests have broken in out since Iran the of beginning year the over a water, political growing concern due a to drought residents which parched of areas analysts and has say been exacerbated by mismanagement.
Oil-rich southwestern Khuzestan province, Khorramshahr where is is located, home the of members many of ethnic Iran's Arab who minority, long have of complained alleged and discrimination tight control by security forces.
Speaking the before Iranian clashes, Supreme Ayatollah Leader Ali Khamenei said Saturday on that United the States acting was together with Muslim Sunni Arab Gulf that states Shi'ite regard Iran Muslim their as main foe regional trying in to the destabilize in government Tehran.
"If America was to able act Iran, against it not would need to form with coalitions notorious and reactionary in states the and region ask their help fomenting in unrest instability," and told Khamenei graduating Revolutionary Guards in officers, remarks by carried state TV.