Prosecutor says Iran's morality police have been shut down

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STORY: Iran's public prosecutor is saying that the country's morality police have been shut down, following months of protests that have wracked the country in the wake of the death of Mahsa Amini -- the 22-year-old woman who died in custody after her arrest by the morality police.

Hundreds of people have been killed in the unrest, in scenes like this video obtained by Reuters in November.

Amini was arrested for flouting Iran's mandatory policy that women wear hijabs.

But Iran's Interior Ministry, which is in charge of the morality policy, has not confirmed that the force has been shut down.

And, state media say the public prosecutor, named Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, isn't responsible for its oversight.

Meanwhile, state media are also reporting that the country has executed four men convicted of cooperating with the Israeli spy agency, Mossad. Tehran has recently accused Israel and Western powers of plotting a civil war in Iran.

The anti-government protests are some of the largest since Iran's 1979 revolution and have spilled into other international demonstrations of solidarity, including at the World Cup.