Iran said on Saturday its armed forces “unintentionally” shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet that crashed after taking off from Tehran, killing all 176 people aboard.
H/T: France 24
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quick to shift blame to the US, tweeting “human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster,” echoing similar talking points of Democrats in the United States and of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Trump's aggressive actions toward Iran ultimately caused the "human error" that resulted in the downing of the Ukrainian airliner.
A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces:— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 11, 2020
Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster
Our profound regrets, apologies and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations.
This comes after several days of claiming the United States was, according to Iranian spokesperson Ali Rabiei, “adding insult to the injury of the bereaved families and victimizing them for certain goals by propagating such fallacies,” and that “no one will assume responsibility for such a big lie once it is known that the claim had been fraudulent.”
Armed Forces’ internal investigation has concluded that regrettably missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane & death of 176 innocent people.— Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) January 11, 2020
Investigations continue to identify & prosecute this great tragedy & unforgivable mistake. #PS752
After the government admission became public, people began taking to the streets of Tehran to express their outrage, causing defenders of the regime to claim Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei was not informed that the Ukrainian passenger plane had been shot down until Friday evening.
People in mourning for their loved ones killed by IRGC by mistake in the Ukrainian plane incident, gather outside AmirKabir university of technology in Tehran shouting death to liar this evening #Iran pic.twitter.com/IhxQLinmEr— Fazel Hawramy (@FazelHawramy) January 11, 2020
So now the IRGC affiliated outlets are pushing a new conspiracy theory: the ‘betrayal of the pilot’ because the Ukrainian plane flew too close to a sensitive military location. Second: the plane system may have been ‘hacked’ and the plane’s flight route changes #Iran pic.twitter.com/ZQRDMcedjz— Fazel Hawramy (@FazelHawramy) January 11, 2020