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A game encouraging players to engage in virtual violence against Arabs has been released Monday - by none other than Iran. 

The game, entitled "Beat Up and Insult the Arab," is being sold on a popular Iranian gaming website with apparent full sanction by the Islamic Republic of Iran, according to the Saudi-based Al-Arabiya news agency. Games on the site must undergo approval by Iran's strict website rules, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Guidance. 

'Beat Up the Arab' game
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The site does say that it will remove any content that violates Islamic law. 

The game apparently makes several references to Arabs from the Gulf states - perhaps an outcropping of recent tensions between Iran and its Gulf neighbors over their proxy war in Yemen. 

Regardless, Iran's Ahwazi Arabs - who are legal citizens - have protested the game over its racist content.