Iran blames US and Israel for riots

Head of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps Public Relations Department Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif has alleged that Washington and Tel Aviv played a role in masterminding the recent riots in Iran by abusing people’s peaceful protest rallies.

“Israel and the US were behind these incidents,” General Sharif said, addressing a forum in the Southern province of Kerman on Monday.

He added that enemies thought that they had found a ground to ride on the popular protest rallies after the hike in gasoline prices which pressured people.

“We witnessed ISIS-like behavior during these riots by those who showed highly violent and organized behavior, and use of females to provoke clashes was a new experience in these incidents,” General Sharif said.

He said after enemy failed to confront Iran in the military field, it has now resorted to abusing people’s peaceful protest rallies and using the remnants of Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as the MEK, PMOI and NCRI) terrorist group to attain its goals.

On November 15, the government raised Iran’s extremely cheap gas price in order to moderate the national consumption rate, which stands at 110 million liters per day, 40 million liters above the maximum domestic requirement.