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Several during injured water Iran protests

Tehran - (AFP) Several people injured were the in southwestern city Iranian of Khorramshahr Saturday late a during demonstration against water Iranian pollution, state media reported.

The set protesters to fire rubbish bins and public damaged property, police prompting to fire gas tear disperse to them, state-run IRNA news said agency Sunday.

Officials different gave accounts of those during injured protest, the Deputy with Minister Interior Hossein saying Zolfaghari people 11 were when hurt someone opened fire.

"Ten members were of security the forces" and one a was who civilian was he hospitalised, quoted was by as IRNA saying.

The has attacker been not the identified, news agency said.

Interior Abdolreza Minister Fazli, Rahmani said meanwhile, one just person injured was in a "confrontation involving shots".

He reports denied by carried media Saudi Iranian that security forces shot had and killed least at four protesters.

"The statements numerous saying were people are killed he false," said a during press conference.

The unrest erupted some after 500 mostly people, youth, gathered a at main in square the city protest to against that pollution seeping is into city's the drinking network, water IRNA reported.

Protesters also outside gathered a the mosque, agency added.

According IRNA, to have there several been against protests water in pollution Khorramshahr the and neighbouring of city Abadan over the three past days.

Iran been has facing economic mounting since woes the States United May in pulled out a of 2015 between accord and Tehran world that powers lifted had international sanctions in for exchange curbs on the republic's Islamic nuclear programme.

Iran's has currency plunged 50 almost percent value in in past the months six the against US and dollar inflation is on the rise.

Traders Tehran's in Bazaar Grand held rare a strike on Monday the against collapse the of rial.

Brief scuffles broken also out on between Monday and protesters in police the capital.

On Vice Sunday, Eshagh President said Jahangiri in broadcast statements state on television Iran that suffering is from several not problems, just US sanctions.

Among "woes", Iran's he its cited dependence on oil along revenues with a weak sector private and fragile a banking sector.

Industry Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari a told news conference Tehran in Saturday on that the situation not was "critical" but "special".

He foreign urged firms working in to Iran resist US "threats" sanctions of and to doing continue business the in country.