Two Ahwazi Arab brothers aged 18 and eight and another youth have been arrested by Iranian security forces, reportedly in relation to Arab unrest in Ahwaz City.
The pro-secessionist Ahwazna website reported on May 15 that 18-year old Mohammed Saadoun Algelada, his eight year-old brother Majed and a friend called Karim were arrested, possibly in connection with Mohammed's involvement in recent Gaza solidarity protests. Ahwazna has published a video that it claims shows Mohammed involved in a pro-Palestinian protest in 2008.
According to Ahwazna, the three youths were arrested in early May and tortured, leading to the death of Mohammed Saadoun Algelada in custody. The British Ahwazi Friendship Society (BAFS) has no way of verifying these claims due to the suppression of the media in Iran and a lack of any effective human rights non-governmental organisations there.
In January, the Iranian government arrested dozens of Ahwazi Arabs while violently putting down protests in Ahwaz City against Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip. The protests were not sanctioned by the Iranian regime, which has sought to clamp down on any expression of Arab identity in Iran, including support for the Palestinian Arabs.