Iran’s Guards praise ‘timely’ action against protests Nov 22, 2019 0 211 12345 AFPTehranIran’s Revolutionary Guards on Thursday praised the armed forces for taking “timely” action against “rioters” and suggested calm had been restored after days of unrest sparked by a hike in petrol prices.Authorities vowed to arrest leaders of the protests that erupted Friday, in which police stations were attacked, petrol pumps torched and shops looted, and which Iran has blamed on a plot by foreign enemies.While the internet remained mostly blocked for a fifth day, state TV showed footage of what it said were pro-government rallies to celebrate the defeat of the “conspiracy”.Crowds in cities including Qom and Isfahan chanted “death to seditionists, death to America” and “the blood in our veins is a gift to our leader”.In the days of unrest, “incidents, big and small, caused by the rise in petrol price took place in (a little) less than 100 cities across Iran,” said a statement on the Guards’ official website Sepahnews.com.It said the “incidents were ended in less than 24 hours and in some cities in 72 hours” as a result of the “armed forces’ insight and timely action”.Protest leaders were arrested in the province of Tehran and Alborz as well as in the southern city of Shiraz, it added.The “arrest of the rioters’ leaders has contributed significantly to calming the situation,” it said. RELATED ARTICLES Turkey says 200 Syrians returned to area cleared of Kurd militia Nov 22, 2019 0 1697 Lebanese pupils protest against ‘outdated’ curriculum Nov 22, 2019 0 158 Four protesters killed in Iraq’s Baghdad, say medics, police Nov 22, 2019 0 216 Israel again detains Palestinian governor of Jerusalem: Police AFP Jerusalem Israeli forces detained the Palestinian governor of Jerusalem on Thursday, taking him from his home in the city’s east for interrogation, a police spokesman said. Adnan Ghaith’s apprehension came a day .. 18 militants killed by Burkina Faso police Ouagadougou: Burkina Faso authorities said 18 “terrorists” were killed when they attempted to attack a police base in the north of the country, where security services have been struggling to quell a rising jihadist .. Pro-Haftar forces in Libya ‘shoot down Italian drone’ Benghazi: Forces loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar said they shot down an Italian drone in western Libya, flying in a zone under their control. “We shot down the Italian drone with an anti-aircraft missile, north .. PM Netanyahu indicted for bribery, fraud and breach of trust AFP Jerusalem Israel’s embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted on a range of corruption charges on Thursday, potentially spelling an end to his decades-long political career. Attorney General ..