Iran: Locals lament ineffective fuel price hike as traffic smog covers Tehran

Thick clouds of smog covered Tehran on Thursday as residents reacted to alarming air pollution levels. Footage shows Tehran's buildings hardly-visible through the thick smog. Locals were forced to wear respiratory masks while outside. The citizens criticised the government's rise in fuel prices previously deemed to reduce the usage of cars and demanded viable solutions in handling the critical... Еще situation. «I believe that it [hike in oil prices] was not a good solution and I think subway facilities should be improved», said Tehran's resident Ms. Mohammadi. «What we see now is the usual Tehran traffic, the usual packed streets and worse, air pollution that has always existed,» added another Tehrani who said the hike was only effective for the first few days. Iranian capital Tehran is one of the world's most polluted cities, with an average daily amount of hazardous air micro-particles reaching 130 micrograms per cubic meter(mcg/m3), exceeding more than five times the World's health organisastion's maximum limit of 25 mcg/m3. **RESTRICTIONS: NO Access Israel Media/Persian Language TV Stations Outside Iran/Strictly No Access BBC Persian/VOA Persian/Manoto-1 TV/Iran International**

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