Iran announces arrests over downing of plane that killed 176

Carla Harmon
January 14, 2020

The crash happened hours after Iran unleashed missiles at Iraqi military sites housing USA and coalition forces, as its own military was on high alert.

The Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 was shot down by a missile shortly after taking off from Tehran before dawn last Wednesday, killing all 176 on board.

Millions of Iranians took to the streets last week to pay tribute to Soleimani, but this week anti-government protests resumed in at least a dozen cities. His statement on the judiciary's website did not say how many individuals had been detained or name them. "This is not an ordinary case. The whole world will be watching our trial". A second team of investigators who specialize in aircraft recorder download and analysis will be deployed once TSB confirms where and when that activity would take place, the agency said. "There are others, and I want this to be explained to the people explicitly".

Iran, in response, fired 16 ballistic missiles at bases in Iraq where US troops are stationed, although the USA says it knew of the attacks hours ahead of time, allowing forces to bunker in safety. No one was hurt in that attack, which was carried out in response to the stunning killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in an American airstrike in Baghdad.

Iran has invited experts from Canada, France, Ukraine and the take part in the probe.

The latest flare-up began at the end of December when rockets fired at US bases in Iraq killed one American contractor. It was the US that created an unusual situation.

O'Brien said the U.S.'s "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran is working.

Iran's police said on January 13 officers had not fired at protesters demonstrating over Tehran's admission that it shot down a passenger plane, as video on social media recorded gunshots and pools of blood.

Canadian authorities have since lowered the number of Canadian passengers killed to 57.

After admitting shooting its army a passenger jet from the sky killing everyone on board, Iran is giving Canada an active role in the crash investigation.

Amirali Hajizadeh, a commander of the aerospace division, said he wished he had died instead of the passengers and crew when he learned the news.

The strike led to an Iranian missile attack on two Iraqi air bases housing USA personnel five days later and raised the specter of a wider regional conflict.

Videos sent to the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran and later verified by The Associated Press show a crowd of demonstrators near Azadi, or Freedom, Square fleeing as a tear gas canister landed among them.

"The November protests were caused by the Rouhani government but the Revolutionary Guard sacrificed itself and put them down, but this time the government is passive in the face of the attacks on the Revolutionary Guard", he said. Only on Saturday did authorities acknowledge shooting it down, as evidence mounted and after Western leaders accused Iran of culpability. He's said he went to a candlelight vigil to pay his respects for the victims of the Ukrainian plane shootdown and left as soon as the chanting began and it turned into a protest.

Two Canadian investigators should land in Tehran within a few hours, followed by two more in the coming days or weeks.

The demonstrations at home are the latest development in one of the most destabilizing escalations between the United States and Iran since the Iranian revolution of 1979.

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