Iran’s state TV was engulfed in flames surrounding the image of the Supreme Leader


New Delhi: Iran’s state-run television appears to have been hacked into the air on Saturday with intersecting scenes of guns and flames on the face of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Al-Nabaa Evening footage showed a picture of Khamenei surrounded by flames next to pictures of three women killed in recent protests, and 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, whose death sparked nationwide demonstrations.

“The blood of our youth is on your hands,” a message read on screen in the broadcast that began at 9 p.m. local time on Saturday.

One comment was saying ‘Join us and get up’, while another said ‘The blood of our youth is dripping from your paws’, according to the BBC.

The outage lasted only a few seconds before it was cut short.

Iran’s Tasnim news agency confirmed that the evening news broadcast “was hacked for a few moments by counter-revolutionary agents.”

This action was claimed by the hacking group Edalat-e Ali.

Last year, the group hacked surveillance cameras and revealed the mistreatment of prisoners in a prison that holds mostly political prisoners.

Anger erupted after Ayatollah Amini’s death on September 16, three days after she was arrested in Tehran by the notorious morality police for an alleged breach of the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code for women.

The death sparked an outcry as women took off their headscarves in protest at being forced to wear the headscarf.

Rights groups claim that more than 150 people have been killed since protests began in the Islamic Republic on 17 September.

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