"This alarming death toll is further evidence that Iran's security forces went on a horrific killing spree that left at least 208 people dead in less than a week", reads a statement from Amnesty International research and advocacy director for the Middle East Philip Luther released with the organization's findings.
Iranian state television on Tuesday acknowledged security forces shot and killed what it described as "rioters" in multiple cities amid recent protests over the spike in government-set gasoline prices - the first time that authorities have offered any sort of accounting for the violence they used to put down the demonstrations.
The oil-rich province's Arab population has long complained of discrimination by Iran's central government and insurgent groups have targeted oil pipelines there in the past.
Earlier this year, after announcing a fresh round of sanctions against Iran, Trump tweeted, "I look forward to the day that sanctions come off Iran, and they become a productive and prosperous nation again - The sooner the better!" After a monthly 60-liter quota, it costs 30,000 rials a liter.
Iran's fuel prices are among the cheapest in the world, but the price rise comes amid an ailing economy and an increasing cost of living, partly as a result of USA sanctions imposed on the country after Donald Trump pulled out of a global agreement to curb Iranian nuclear ambitions in exchange for economic relief. It described the suburb as likely one of the areas with the highest death tolls in the unrest.
Cheap gasoline is practically considered a birthright in Iran, home to the world's fourth-largest crude oil reserves despite decades of economic woes since its 1979 Islamic Revolution.
The Iranian UN mission in NY has said Amnesty's findings were unsubstantiated. That's almost 90 cents a gallon. That disparity, especially given Iran's oil wealth, fueled the anger felt by demonstrators. Daily staples also have risen in price.
"The United States of America supports the courageous people of Iran who are protesting for their FREEDOM", the president tweeted on Tuesday while attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in London. New York-based Human Rights Watch estimated that up to 7,000 people were arrested.
"A question was asked just a little while ago about supporting the people in Iran and are going through a very tough period and we do support them totally and have supported them from the beginning".
Trump later clarified his position, explaining during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that he misunderstood the original question as being about financial, rather than political, support.
The Iranian Ministry of Foreign affairs did not respond immediately to a request for comment on the Amnesty report. Alawi met U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo last week in Washington.
Rouhani said the US offers only slogans in its leaders' speeches that have led nowhere, while trying to cut deals in private that go against them. Abe traveled to Iran in June but received a lecture from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on how Trump couldn't be trusted.