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UK News Iran makes arrests over plane disaster as protests rage on

14:20  14 january  2020
14:20  14 january  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Ukraine Plane Crash: Reports Airliner Shot Down By Iranian Missile ‘Very Concerning’, Says Johnson

  Ukraine Plane Crash: Reports Airliner Shot Down By Iranian Missile ‘Very Concerning’, Says Johnson Downing Street has said it is looking into “very concerning” reports that the Ukraine airliner that crashed in Iran was shot down by a missile. Boris Johnson has called for a “full, credible and transparent investigation” into what caused the disaster as it was claimed the plane was accidentally brought down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile, according to two Pentagon officials and an Iraqi intelligence official. Newsweek reported the flightBoris Johnson has called for a “full, credible and transparent investigation” into what caused the disaster as it was claimed the plane was accidentally brought down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile, according to two Pentagon officials and an Iraqi intelligence official.

Iran ’s judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said some of those accused of having a role in the plane disaster had already been arrested . Most of those on board the flight were Iranians or dual nationals. Canada, Ukraine, Britain and other nations who had citizens on the plane have scheduled a

By Parisa Hafezi and Babak Dehghanpisheh. DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Tuesday it had arrested people accused of a role in shooting down a Ukrainian airliner and had also detained 30 people involved in protests that have swept the nation since the military belatedly admitted its error.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: FILE PHOTO: Iranian people gather to show their sympathy to the victims of the crash of the Boeing 737-800 plane, flight PS 752, in Tehran © Reuters/Wana News Agency FILE PHOTO: Iranian people gather to show their sympathy to the victims of the crash of the Boeing 737-800 plane, flight PS 752, in Tehran

By Parisa Hafezi and Babak Dehghanpisheh

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Tuesday it had arrested people accused of a role in shooting down a Ukrainian airliner and had also detained 30 people involved in protests that have swept the nation since the military belatedly admitted its error.

Wednesday's shooting down of Ukraine International Airlines flight 752, killing all 176 people aboard, has led to one of the biggest public challenges to Iran's clerical rulers since they took power in the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Ukranian plane was mistakenly shot down by Iranian missile, intelligence reports say

  Ukranian plane was mistakenly shot down by Iranian missile, intelligence reports say A senior UK Government official said: 'All the indications are that this was accidental.'Intelligence seen by the US and UK indicates the plane was downed by surface-to-air missiles launched by Iran. US satellites detected the launch of two missiles shortly before the crash, followed by evidence of an explosion.

By Parisa Hafezi and Babak Dehghanpisheh. DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Tuesday it had arrested an undisclosed number of suspects accused of a role in shooting down a Ukrainian airliner, as anti-government demonstrations triggered by the disaster entered a fourth day.

DUBAI (Reuters) – Protesters denouncing Iran ’s clerical rulers took to the streets and riot police deployed to face them on Monday, in a 3 of General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad. Iranian public anger, rumbling for days as Iran repeatedly denied it was to blame for the plane crash, erupted into

In a step that would increase diplomatic pressure, Britain, France and Germany launched a dispute mechanism to challenge Iran for breaching limits on its nuclear programme under an agreement which Washington abandoned in 2018.

In the 10 days since the United States killed Iran's most powerful military commander in a drone strike, Tehran has faced escalating confrontation with the West and unrest at home, both reaching levels with little precedent in its modern history.

It shot down the airliner on Wednesday during a period of high alert, hours after it had fired missiles at U.S. targets in Iraq. After days of denying a role in the crash, it admitted it on Saturday, calling it a tragic mistake.

Protesters, many of them students, have since held daily demonstrations chanting "Clerics get lost!" and called for the removal of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in power for more than 30 years.

Iran says it 'unintentionally' shot down Ukrainian jetliner

  Iran says it 'unintentionally' shot down Ukrainian jetliner  Iran state TV, citing military, says country 'unintentionally' shot down Ukrainian jetliner because of human error.TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran announced Saturday that its military ‘unintentionally’ shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 aboard.

Protesters denouncing Iran 's clerical rulers took to the streets and riot police deployed to face them on Monday, in a third day of demonstrations after authorities acknowledged shooting down a passenger plane by accident.

Iranian public anger, rumbling for days as Iran repeatedly denied it was to blame for the plane crash, erupted into protests on Saturday when the military admitted its role. A full picture of protests inside Iran is difficult to obtain because of restrictions on independent media. But videos uploaded to the

Police have responded to some protests with a violent crackdown, video posts on social media showed. Footage showed police beating protesters with batons, wounded people being carried, pools of blood on the streets and the sound of gunfire.

Iran's police denied firing at protesters. The judiciary said 30 people had been detained in the unrest but said the authorities would show tolerance towards "legal protests".

The full extent of the unrest is difficult to assess because of limits on independent reporting.

'UNFORGIVABLE ERROR'

President Hassan Rouhani promised a thorough investigation into the "unforgivable error" of shooting down the plane, in a television address on Tuesday, the latest in a series of apologies from a leadership that rarely admits mistakes.

Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said some of those accused of having a role in the plane disaster had been arrested, although he did not say how many or identify them.

Students gather in Tehran to mourn victims, protest Iran officials in wake of downed plane

  Students gather in Tehran to mourn victims, protest Iran officials in wake of downed plane Iranian police dispersed students chanting "radical" slogans during a Saturday gathering in Tehran to honour the 176 people killed when an airliner was mistakenly shot down, Fars news agency reported. AFP correspondents said hundreds of students had gathered early in the evening at Amir Kabir University, in downtown Tehran, to pay respects to those killed in the air disaster. The tribute later turned into an angry demonstration. The studentsAFP correspondents said hundreds of students had gathered early in the evening at Amir Kabir University, in downtown Tehran, to pay respects to those killed in the air disaster.

By Babak Dehghanpisheh. DUBAI (Reuters) - Protesters denouncing Iran 's clerical rulers took to the streets and riot police deployed to face them on Monday, in a third day of demonstrations after authorities acknowledged shooting down a passenger plane by accident.

Thousands of Australians took to the streets in Sydney on Friday to protest against government inaction on climate change, as bushfires ravage large swathes

Most of those on board the flight were Iranians or dual nationals. Canada, Ukraine, Britain and other nations who had citizens on the plane have scheduled a meeting on Thursday in London to consider legal action against Tehran.

The disaster and subsequent unrest comes amid one of the biggest escalations between Tehran and Washington since 1979.

Missiles launched at a U.S. base in Iraq killed an American contractor in December, an attack Washington blamed on an Iran-backed group. Confrontation eventually led to the U.S. drone strike on Jan. 3 that killed Qassem Soleimani, architect of Iran's regional network of proxy militias.

Iran's government was already reeling from the reimposition of sanctions by the United States, which quit an agreement with world powers under which Tehran would secure sanctions relief in return for scaling back its nuclear programme.

Since Washington withdrew, Tehran has stepped back from its nuclear commitments, culminating this month with an announcement that Iran would no longer recognise limits on its production of enriched uranium. After months of threatening to act, European signatories to the deal, France, Britain and Germany, activated the agreement's dispute mechanism on Tuesday.

British ambassador arrested in Iran as protests flare

  British ambassador arrested in Iran as protests flare High-ranking officials in Tehran call for Rob Macaire’s expulsion amid unrest following plane crash admissionRob Macaire was detained on Saturday after attending a vigil for those who died when Iran’s military shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 last week.

Iranian public anger, rumbling for days as Iran repeatedly denied it was to blame for the plane crash, erupted into protests on Saturday when the military Protesters denouncing Iran ’s clerical rulers took to the streets and riot police deployed to face them on Monday, in a third day of demonstrations after

Protesters denouncing Iran 's clerical rulers took to the streets and riot police deployed to face them on Monday, in a third day of demonstrations after authorities acknowledged shooting down a passenger plane by accident. Demonstrations in Iran , some met by a violent crackdown, are the latest twist.

PRESSURE

Iran's leaders face a powerful combination of pressure both at home and abroad.

Just two months ago, Iran's authorities put down anti-government protests, killing hundreds of demonstrators in what is believed to be the most violent crackdown on unrest since the 1979 revolution.

Elsewhere in the Middle East, where Iran has wielded influence through a network of allied movements and proxies. Governments that include powerful Iran-sponsored armed factions have faced months of hostile demonstrations in Lebanon and Iraq.

The latest video posts on social media showed protesters in Tehran and other cities. Some tore down or burned posters of Soleimani, a man portrayed for years as a national hero.

Iran's president said in his address that those responsible for shooting down the plane would be punished, describing the military's admission of its mistake "a good first step."

Rouhani also said the government would be accountable to Iranians and those nations who lost citizens.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said five of the nations whose citizens were killed in the plane disaster would meet in London on Thursday "to discuss the ways, including legal, (for) how we are following this up."

Iranian state television said aviation officials from Canada, which had 57 citizens on the doomed flight, as well as from Iran and Ukraine met in Tehran on Tuesday to discuss the investigation.

(Reporting by Parisa Hafezi and Babak Dehghanpisheh and John Irish in Paris; Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by Peter Graff)

Victims' nations to press Iran over plane downing .
Ahead of a London meeting, Canada vows to "get to the bottom" of what happened to Flight PS752.Ministers from five countries that lost citizens in the crash are due to meet in London later to demand answers.

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