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Anti-regime protest in Kermanshah, Iran, on Dec. 29, 2017.

The regime of the Islamic Republic has reportedly blocked the internet and cut phone lines in the city of Zanjan, in Iranian Azerbaijan, 185 miles northwest of Tehran on the mainhighway to Tabriz and Turkey.

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According to a post on the Twitter social networking site, the government also cut electricity in the city at 10 pm local time “in order to prevent protests against the regime.”

Iran is once again coming under severe economic stress due to the resumption of sanctions that are being snapped back into place by the Trump administration. The United States earlier this year ended its participation in the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal, due to Iran’s noncompliance with various elements of the agreement.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.