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Iran suspended the nationwide operations of Arab TV station Al-Jazeera on Monday, accusing it of inflaming violent protests by the Arab minority in its southwest, state-run TV reported.

Also, the government said two more protesters died in the unrest in Khuzistan province along the border with Iraq, raising the three-day toll to three dead and at least eight wounded.

"The situation is under control in Khuzistan province right now," an Interior Ministry spokesman said. "The province is calm in general, but unfortunately two people were killed during last night's violence in Mahshahr."

Mahshahr is 50 miles southeast of Ahvaz, an oil-rich city where violent demonstrations erupted Friday and Saturday after rumors spread of an alleged government plan to move non-Arabs into the city.

Al-Jazeera, which is popular among Iran's Arab-speaking minority, is believed to have been the first news outlet to broadcast news of the unrest.

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