On Saturday, after denying the allegations accusing Iran of shooting down Ukrainian airliner, which killed 176 people, Iran admitted and apologies for the missile attack, which led to the crash, calling it a ‘human error’.
The intelligence report, which surfaced on Thursday, suggested that the Ukrainian plane was hit by one of the missiles fired by the Iranian regime in retaliation to US airstrike. Apparently, the Ukrainian passenger, which took off from Tehran, was shot a few minutes after its takeoff by a missile strike which Iran carried out targeting two airbases housing US forces in Iraq.
On Saturday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wrote on Twitter, “The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake. My thoughts and prayers go to all the mourning families.”
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blamed the error on the US as he wrote on Twitter, “A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of an internal investigation by Armed Forces: Our profound regrets, apologies, and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations.”
Iranian military was the first to release the statement, admitting their folly, and said that the plane flew too close to the strategic site of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps which led to “higher sensitivity within air defense systems” and the force mistook the aircraft for a hostile, enemy target. It added that the team responsible for the error would be referred to the Iranian military’s judicial department.
According to Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, the airline crash in which 176 people got killed, included 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three British nationals.
The recent US drone strike which killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militant chief Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, on the directions of US President Donald Trump, intensified the ongoing conflict between the US and Iran. The friction between the two sides had been building up since May 2018 when US President Donald Trump walked out of the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, calling it foolish and biased. The US imposed heavy economic sanctions on Iran post the withdrawal, crippling the Iranian economy.
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