A group of four Ahwazi Arab freedom fighters were killed in a gun battle on August 14 near the Shatt al-Arab waterway, which marks the border with Iraq, according to the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Al-Ahwaz (ASMLA).
The group had been pursued for three years by Iranian security forces before the confrontation, which lasted several hours. The freedom fighters included Nezar Abdullah Asakareh Driss from Fallahiyah in Owshar district, married with three children and former resident of Dubai, and Hanash Bawi.
The bodies of the other two men have yet to be identified. Identification of the men was complicated by the decomposition of the bodies, which were left in the Shatt al-Arab for several days. Asakareh's family members say they identified him by his tattoos and claimed he had seven bullet wounds.