Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has finally admitted the Ukranian plane that crashed and killed 176 was accidentally shot down by Iran due to “human error.”
Rouhani wrote on Twitter “The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake.
My thoughts and prayers go to all the mourning families. I offer my sincerest condolences.”
Friday, photos emerged of the crash site being bulldozed, sparking concerns of a potential cover-up.
Officials from the United States, Canada, and UK officials had already indicated they believed the plane was shot down.
Among the victims on the plane were 63 Canadian nationals and 82 Iranians.
Fox News reports Iran now claims its military “unintentionally” shot down a Ukrainian jetliner this week, killing all 176 people aboard.
The announcement, which cited “human error” for the strike, came Saturday via Iranian state television and referred to a statement from the military, according to The Associated Press.
Separately, Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, blamed “human error” caused by “U.S. adventurism” for the strike, according to a message posted Saturday on Twitter.
A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces:
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.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 11, 2020
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani also tweeted about “human error” causing the “horrific crash,” calling it a “great tragedy & unforgivable mistake.”
He also wrote, “The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake,” but made no mention of the U.S. in either message.
The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake.
My thoughts and prayers go to all the mourning families. I offer my sincerest condolences. https://t.co/4dkePxupzm
— Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) January 11, 2020