After repeated denials, Iranian officials said Saturday that their military forces mistakenly shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 last week, killing all 176 aboard. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei expressed his "deep sympathy" to victims' families, who are mostly Iranian, and called for the military to investigate "probable shortcomings and guilt." Other officials, meanwhile, blamed fear of a U.S. attack — hours after Iranian missiles blasted American-occupied bases.
How have Iranians reacted? After economic protests were brutally suppressed in November, anger has flared anew, with hundreds protesting in the capital, decrying the government's initial denials.