US President Donald Trump has said the United States was monitoring Iranian demonstrations closely, warning against any new 'massacre' as protests broke out after Tehran admitted to shooting down a passenger plane.
Iran said earlier it unintentionally downed a Ukrainian jetliner outside Tehran, killing all 176 people aboard, in an abrupt about-turn after initially denying Western claims it was struck by a missile. The firing came shortly after Iran launched missiles at bases in Iraq housing American forces.
The Iran President,Mr. Hassan Rouhani, said a military probe into the tragedy had found 'missiles fired due to human error' brought down the Boeing 737, calling it an 'unforgivable mistake.'
At a student protest to pay tribute to the crash victims on Saturday, Iranian authorities briefly detained Britain's ambassador, in what the British government called a violation of international law. He was later released.
Trump told Iranians,in tweets in both English and Farsi, that he stands by them and is monitoring the demonstrations.