Protests began on November 15 in several provincial towns after the government announced gasoline price hikes of at least 50 percent [Reuters]

Iran began restoring internet access in the capital and a number of provinces after a five-day nationwide shutdown meant to help stifle deadly protests over fuel-price hikes.

The country’s elite Revolutionary Guard security force said calm had now returned across Iran on Thursday, state TV reported.

“The internet is being gradually restored in the country,” the semi-official news agency Fars reported, quoting unidentified “informed sources”.

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The National Security Council that ordered the shutdown approved reactivating the internet in “some areas”, it said.

According to news reports, fixed-line internet was restored in Hormozgan, Kermanshah, Arak, Mashhad, Qom, Tabriz, Hamadan and Bushehr

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