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Iran Health Minister Refuses Ahwazi Water

Iran's Minister of Health refused a glass of Ahwazi water, claiming it to be unfit for human consumption.

Minister of Health Kamran Bagheri Lankarani was visiting Ahwaz City's Jondi Shapour (medical faculty) during the Student's Day commemorations when he refused an offer of tap water from the students. According to the Salamat News Agency, he said: "We accept that the water in Khuzestan is very dirty and impure and we have reported the issue to the Ministry of Energy."

The indigenous Ahwazi Arab population has complained of poor water quality for years, but nothing has been done to improve the situation. At times, the regime has cut drinking water to villages in the region to collectively punish the restive Arab population.

Ahwazi Arabs have complained that the region's rivers are being contaminated with industrial pollution and sewerage, which is undermining both their health and their livelihoods.