Iran has reportedly accused Israel, the US and their allies of inciting protesters against the regime amid continued unrest in the country. Iranian news outlets quoted President Hassan Rouhani claiming that Iran’s economy is strong and above the global average.

Hassan Rouhani

Hassan Rouhani Photo Credit: EPA

Iran has accused Israel and the US for destabilizing the country and “hatching plots” to incite anti-regime protests that have been spreading in the country since Thursday. The current protests are said to be the biggest demonstration of revolt in Iran since 2009’s Green Movement.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said during a conference on Monday that the current unrest in the country is the result of incitement by Israel and the US, who are angry at Iran’s success, according to a report in the Israel News Company. The president also claimed that Iran’s economy remains ahead of the global average and that Iran has played a role in “maintaining peace” in the region, according to reports in Iranian media.

According to additional reports in Iranian news outlets, advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC) Yadollah Javani said on Monday that Israel, the US and their allies are attempting to destroy the stability in the country and have been looking for any opportunity to do so for some time.

Iran has already blamed the death of several protesters on either foreign agents or Sunni extremists. Habibollah Khojastehpour, the deputy-governor of Iran’s Lorestan province, was quoted by the Washington Post as saying: “no bullets were shot from police and security forces at the people.” 

Meanwhile, at least 12 people have reportedly been killed so far in the anti-regime protests, and Iranian media outlets reported that some 200 protesters were arrested on Sunday. As previously reported by JOL, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed the anti-government protests across his country for the first time on Sunday evening. During a cabinet meeting, he said that the Iranian people have the right to criticize the government and stage protests but also stressed that the demonstrations need to remain peaceful.