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Security forces reportedly fire on crowds as protests rock Kurdish city  

Iranian security forces have been seen firing indiscriminately into residential neighborhoods in the Kurdish city of Sanandaj, which has hot spot of anti-government protests. 
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Sounds of heavy gunfire, blasts and relentless shooting reverberated across the western Iranian city of Sanandaj on Tuesday, witnesses confirmed to Al-Monitor. Security forces were heavily deployed there to crush dissent in the Kurdish city.

Riot police backed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Basij militia have maintained a large presence in Sanandaj since protests were ignited by the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody last month. As the rallies became nationwide anti-government demonstrations, Sanandaj saw some of the worst violence, particularly on Saturday, when government forces killed at least four protesters on the streets, according to a tally by the opposition rights organization Hengaw.

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