Members of the International Red Crescent collect bodies of victims around the wreckage after an Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 carrying 176 people crashed near Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran, killing everyone on board [File: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA] Newspapers in Iran have paid tribute to those killed in the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane, while heaping pressure on the countrys leadership amid growing public anger after the military acknowledged it had accidentally shot down the aircraft.
Ukraine International Airlines flight 752, en route to Ukraines capital of Kyiv, crashed minutes after takeoff from the Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.More: Protests in Tehran after Iran admits shooting down plane Iran says it unintentionally shot down plane: Latest updates Irans retaliation is not overThe crash happened hours after Iran fired a barrage of missiles against US targets in Iraq in retaliation for the US assassination of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on January 3.
After days of vigorous denials, Iran on Saturday admitted that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) mistakenly shot down the aircraft and apologised for the disastrous human error.Officials in Tehran pledged to bring those who made the mistake to justice but a top IRGC commander added to public anger about the delayed admission when he said on Saturday he had told the authorities a missile hit the plane the day it crashed.
The news triggered angry protests in Tehran, with demonstrators demanding the resignation of senior officials - including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - and prosecution of those responsible for downing the plane and allegedly covering up the accidental action.Iranians on social media, meanwhile, asked why officials were busy fending off criticism from abroad rather than sympathising with grieving families.
Others asked why the plane was allowed to take off at a time of high tension.Apologise, resignOn Sunday, many newspapers ran black front pages to mark the loss of 82 Iranians, 57 Canadians - including many Iranians with dual citizenship - and 11 Ukrainians.The official Iranian daily, Iran, published the names of the victims shaped to form the tail of an aeroplane.
Iran the official daily newspaper of Iranian government dedicates its Sundays cover page to the victims of the #ukraineplanecrash by writing the name of all the victims in a typographic representing the tail of the plane. The headline reads Unforgivable#Iran #boeing #media pic.twitter.com/87gij92ici— MAYSAM BIZÆR میثم بیزر (@m_bizar) January 11, 2020Another newspaper, Hamshahri, run by Tehran municipalities, published Ashamed as a headline and offered condolences.
.Meanwhile, the front-page banner of Arman-e Meli, a reformist newspaper, read: Unbelievable.Another moderate daily, Jomhuri-ye Eslami, or Islamic Republic, wrote in an editorial: Those who delayed publishing the reason behind.....