Iran says it “unintentionally” shot down Ukrainian Airliner

Iran acknowledged that it “unintentionally” shot down a Ukrainian International Airlines passenger jet early Wednesday, killing all 176 people aboard, according to a military statement on state TV cited by The Associated Press.
The statement, which was released Saturday morning local time, said the plane was mistaken for a “hostile target” after it turned toward a “sensitive military center” of the Revolutionary Guard, the AP reported. It also blamed the “highest level of readiness” resulting from tensions with the United States.


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