A group of demonstrators gathered outside the Iranian embassy in Kabul at around 11:00 (local time) on Tuesday, June 9, to protest against the alleged mistreatment of Afghan nationals by Iranian security forces. The demonstration comes days after three Afghans were killed and at least four others injured when their vehicle came under fire from police in Iran's central Yazd province, allegedly after failing to stop at a checkpoint. Footage of the incident has been widely shared on social media in Afghanistan since it was confirmed by the embassy in Tehran on Friday, June 5.
Previous such demonstrations at the Iranian embassy have passed relatively peacefully, but there remains a realistic possibility of violent unrest in the near term.
Public sentiment towards the Iranian government has been deteriorating in Afghanistan in recent months following a series of incidents involving the alleged mistreatment of Afghan refugees by security forces. In the most serious incident, several dozen Afghan nationals were reported to have been killed on May 1 after being forced into the Hari River by Iranian border guards. Investigations into the incident and other alleged mistreatment are currently ongoing, but protests over the issue remain likely in the medium term.
Those in Kabul are advised to avoid the area around the Iranian embassy due to the risk of exposure to potential crowd disturbances, incidental violence, and crowd dispersal operations by security forces. Travelers should monitor developments and heed any directives issued by local authorities and their home governments.
The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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