Iran Arrests German for Taking Oilfield Photos, Jam-e Jam Reports

DUBAI (Reuters) —

A police motorcycle burns during a protest over the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested in Tehran, Iran Sept. 19, 2022. (WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS/File Photo)

Iran has detained a German national for taking photos of “sensitive oil centers” in the country’s southern province of Khuzestan, Iranian daily Jam-e Jam reported on Tuesday.

“The German national was detained while taking photos of Aghajari oilfield in Khuzestan province,” the report said, without elaborating.

The Iranian judiciary had yet to comment on the report.

Iran, which has been at odds with Western powers including Germany over what it calls their interference in its internal matters during months of anti-government protests sparked by the death in custody of a young Iranian-Kurdish woman in September.

The Islamic Republic has accused Western countries, Israel and Saudi Arabia of fomenting the unrest. Its allegations have been accompanied by arrests of dozens of dual-nationals and foreigners.

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