12 people killed amid nationwide protests

The state TV report made the reference in a package on the ongoing demonstrations that began on Thursday.

Two demonstrators were killed during a protest in western Iran late Saturday.

Up to 400 people are reported to have been arrested in recent days, including 200 in Tehran on Saturday night.

"Unfortunately in these clashes two citizens from Dorud were killed". Many in Izeh, some 455 kilometers (280 miles) southwest of Tehran, have hunting rifles in their homes.

He said the cause of death wasn't immediately known.

Two years after many sanctions were lifted, money has reached Iran's Revolutionary Guards and some elites but has not trickled down to street level.

Muscovites bringing flowers to site of bus crash in western Moscow
Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin told reporters at the scene that an inspection of the entire Moscow bus fleet had been ordered. Passengers on-board and people walking on the steps near the Slavyansky Boulevard metro station were killed, police said.

"I do not know whether yesterday's shooting was done by rally participants or the police and this issue is being investigated", Khademi was quoted by ILNA as saying. Correspondents say it would be a significant escalation were they to become officially involved in policing the protests.

And he accused the authorities of "squandering the nation's wealth to fund terrorism abroad".

In this photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, anti-riot Iranian police prevent university students to join other protesters over Iran weak economy, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.

Iran has blocked two popular social media apps - Telegram and Instagram - as a security measure, as protests against the government continued for the fourth consecutive day.

"The government will show no tolerance for those who damage public properties, violate public order and create unrest in the society", he said in remarks on state TV. He stressed that people have the right to express their discontent with the authorities, but called for calm and restraint.

Mass demonstrations - referred to as the Green Movement - were held by millions of opposition supporters against the disputed election victory of incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

  • Sonia Alvarado