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Iran announces identification of 50 victims of the crashed Ukrainian plane

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

The head of the Iranian Forensic Foundation, Abbas Masjedi, said that his organization has identified the identities of 50 people who were victims of the stricken Ukrainian plane that was shot down by an Iranian air defense system.

This came at a press conference held by my mosque in the capital, Tehran, according to the Iranian Student Agency.

My mosque said that his organization examined 800 samples of the dead bodies, and was able to identify the identities of 50 passengers who were the victims of the crashed plane.

He stressed that experts are working intensively to determine the identities of the remaining bodies.

And Saturday, the Iranian Staff announced, in a statement, that its air defense system shot down the Ukrainian passenger plane, after a “human error” the moment it passed over a “sensitive military zone”.

While the Iranian Revolutionary Guards announced, later in the day, the commander of his underground force, Brigadier Amir Ali Haji Zadeh, that he was responsible for shooting down the plane.

Tehran initially denied the plane was hit by a missile, and said it had convincing evidence in this regard.

On January 8, a Ukrainian Boeing 737 passenger plane crashed, killing 176 people: 82 Iranians, 57 Canadians, 11 Ukraine, 10 Swedes, 4 Afghans, 3 Germans and 3 Britons.

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