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Protesters block main Iran road over water shortage

TEHRAN, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Demonstrators angered by a shortage of drinking water blocked a main road outside the Iranian capital Tehran on Wednesday, leaving thousands of motorists stranded, an evening newspaper reported.

The daily Kayhan said traffic was stopped for two hours on the road connecting Tehran to the Caspian Sea coast in the protest over a disruption of water supplies to a rural housing project northeast of the capital.

The newspaper said police and security forces were rushed to the area and that the protest ended peacefully after local officials promised to deal with the water problem.

It was not immediately clear if the disruption of water supplies was linked to Iran's recent drought, the country's worse in 30 years.

Shortage of drinking water caused by the drought has prompted public protests in some areas, and even riots in the southwestern oil city of Abadan in July.


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