Attack on Iran-backed militia base in Syria leaves 18 dead

The Syria Human Rights Watch in London announced that the Sunday night attack on an Iranian-backed militia base in the east of Syria has left 18 dead.

According to the organization, “18 have been killed in these attacks but their nationality is still unknown.”

It has not yet been announced who was behind this attack, but an American official who has remained anonymous says Israel is responsible for it. IDF has not claimed responsibility for the attack, but in recent months Israel has repeatedly targeted Iranian bases in Syria.


Iraqi Airways suspends its flights to and from Iran

Due to the spread of coronavirus in Iran, Iraqi Airways announced that all its flights to and from Iran have been suspended.

Iraq’s Ministry of Interior issued a statement forbidding Iraqi citizens from traveling to Iran.

According to Iran International’s sources, so far 11 patients have died of coronavirus in Iran.


32 stores in Qom city punished for selling Valentine related items

The Qom city Judiciary announced that 32 stores in the city have been punished for selling Valentine related items. According to IRNA, these stores were identified as “promoters of anti-Islamic-Iranian culture” by the agents of the judiciary’s Reduction of Social Harms unit.

The statement made by the judiciary claims the punishment was due to the popular demand.


Trump: Senator Murphy might have violated Logan Act by meeting Zarif

President Trump, in response to the news of a secret meeting between Senator Murphy and Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic, said that that the meeting might have violated the Logan Act.

The Logan Act criminalizes negotiation by unauthorized American citizens with foreign governments having a dispute with the United States. It intends to prevent unauthorized negotiations from undermining the government's position.

Political prisoner Parisa Seifi on hunger strike

Parisa Seifi, a cultural activist from Kamyaran who was arrested during the November protests in Sanandaj, has gone on a hunger strike in protest to her continued incarceration.

She was arrested at her house by the security forces in November.


Political prisoner Mariam Akbarai Monfared was denied visitation

Political prisoner Mariam Akbari Monfared has been denied visitation in Evin prison for three weeks for objecting to the treatment of another prisoner by the guard. Monfared has been in prison for ten years.

According to HRANA, she was denied visitation without a disciplinary committee meeting and only because she objected to the bad treatment of a newcomer female prisoner.

A source close to Akbari Monfared said: Recently she objected to the problems that a newcomer prisoner and for that she was denied visitation.

Gita Horr, a November protester sentenced to six years in prison

Gita Horr, one of the protesters arrested in November in Iran who is currently being kept in Qarchak Varamin prison, has been sentenced to six years in prison.

According to HRANA, the revolutionary court presided by Judge Amuzad sentenced Gita Horr to six years in prison for “assembly and conspiracy against national security” and “propaganda against the regime.

Horr was arrested in November by the security forces in Tehran and transferred to Qarchak Varamin prison after 10 days of interrogation.