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Source: Reuters

Jan 17, 2023

DUBAI/BERLIN, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Iran has detained a German national for taking photos of "sensitive oil centres" in its southern province of Khuzestan, Iranian daily Jam-e Jam reported on Tuesday.

Germany has taken note of the Iranian report and the embassy in Tehran is working to clarify the situation, a source in Berlin said.

"The German national was detained while taking photos of Aghajari oilfield in Khuzestan province," the Jam-e Jam said, without elaborating.

The Iranian judiciary had yet to comment on the report.

Iran has been at odds with Western powers including Germany over what it calls their interference in its internal matters during months of anti-government protests sparked by the death in custody of an Iranian-Kurdish woman in September.

The Islamic Republic has accused Western countries, Israel and Saudi Arabia of fomenting the unrest. Its allegations have been accompanied by arrests of dozens of dual-nationals and foreigners.

Reporting by Elwely Elwelly and Alexander Ratz Editing by David Goodman and Angus MacSwan

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