In a rare expression of regret by an Iranian official, President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday that he is sorry for any troubles with the distribution of a food ration to the poor, following reports that three people have died waiting for the goods in subzero weather.
Local media have reported that the three died in recent days while standing in line in freezing temperatures. Authorities were quoted as saying that they had pre-existing heart problems.
Most provinces in Iran have experienced unusually low temperatures in recent days.
Rouhani told state TV that he "as the president expresses regret if people have faced trouble in receiving the commodity basket." (AP)