Iran says it mistakenly shot down Ukrainian airliner over Tehran

Iran has announced it mistakenly and unintentionally shot down a Ukrainian airliner over Tehran shortly after takeoff.

In a statement, Iran’s general staff of the armed forces said the passenger plane flew close to a military base, appearing to be an enemy target. The statement added, the plane was hit due to human error. The military apologized for the tragic incident that led to the death of all 176 Iranian and foreign nationals aboard the Boeing 737. It said all responsible parties will be brought to justice. Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the tragedy occurred at the time of the crisis caused by the US adventurism. Iran had placed its defense equipment on high alert after its retaliatory missile strikes at US bases in Iraq hours before the crash.

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By: PressTV (20235.60)

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Location: Iran