UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)
The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) of Iran, Hossein Salami apologized for the downed plane of Ukraine’s International Airlines , ISNA reported.
“Never in my life was I so ashamed. Perhaps we made a mistake that caused many of our compatriots to die. However, we did it unintentionally, we apologize,” Salami said during his speech in the Iranian parliament.
The Boeing 737-800 Ukraine International Airlines flying to Kiev crashed shortly after leaving Tehran Airport on Wednesday morning. Killed all 176 people on board: 167 passengers from Iran, Ukraine, Canada, Germany, Sweden and Afghanistan and nine crew members.
On Saturday, the Iranian military said that the Ukrainian Boeing was shot down by accident, the human factor was to blame: the plane flew near the Iranian military facility and was mistaken for an “enemy target”, namely for a cruise missile, they said.
At the same time, Iran noted that they expected an attack from the United States, and therefore the country’s air defense systems were put on full alert. President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky said that he expects full confession of guilt from Iran, official apologies, punishment of the guilty and payment of compensation.
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