TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian state television said the death toll from protests over the death of a 22-year-old woman in police custody had risen to more than two dozen, but gave no further details as the unrest continued.
An anchor on Iranian state television said the death toll from Thursday’s mass protests could reach 26, but did not elaborate or say how he arrived at that number.
“Unfortunately, 26 people and police officers lost their lives at the scene of these events,” the anchor said, adding that official statistics would be released later.
At least 11 people have been killed in clashes between Iranian security forces and protesters since violence broke out over the weekend, according to data from The Associated Press on Thursday.
The protests in Iran were sparked by an emotional outburst over the death of Mahsa Amin, a young woman detained by the country’s morality police for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code.
Police say he died of a heart attack and was not mistreated, but his family has questioned that.
Iranian state media reported hundreds of people protesting in at least 13 cities this week, including the capital, Tehran.
Iranian authorities imposed some restrictions on the Internet and blocked access to WhatsApp and Instagram.
People in Tehran and some other cities planned to hold a counter-protest after Friday prayers.