Reports indicate that during the past week, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps arrested dozens of Iranian-Arab citizens participating in the flood relief efforts in the southwestern city of Ahvaz.
According to a human rights group, more than 30 people were arrested in in the past few days in different parts of the city in Khuzestan Province.
A human rights activist in Ahvaz said that agents of the IRGC raided homes in the Malashieh neighborhood and arrested a number of people who had just finished making flood barriers and had gone home to rest and prepare food for distribution between flood stricken locals.
According to the report, the relief workers were taken to an unknown location after their aid supplies were confiscated.
Also in the Hamidieh region in Ahvaz, security forces arrested a number relief workers and took them to an unknown location. The supplies they had gathered for flood victims were also confiscated.
Before this, the head of the Cyber Police in Khuzestan said that 24 internet activists were identified and detained for reporting on the ongoing floods in the southwestern province.
The report published by the state-run ISNA news agency said that the detainees had “disturbed public opinion by spreading news and rumors on the floods”.
The floods which have been ravaging the north, south and west of Iran since March 17 have turned into a national catastrophe, destroying whole neighborhoods and killing hundreds.