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Downing of Ukraine jet 'unforgivable mistake': Iran President Hassan Rouhani

Downing of Ukraine jet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (Photo | AP)
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Iran had earlier repeatedly turned down accusations from Western leaders that they had shot the Ukrainian jetliner down killing 176 people on board.

Tehran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Saturday said his country "deeply regrets" the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner, which he described as "a great tragedy & unforgivable mistake".

"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," he added on Twitter.

"Investigations continue to identify & prosecute this great tragedy & unforgivable mistake."

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