Earlier on Saturday, Iran announced its military “unintentionally” shot down the jetliner and blamed “human error.”
The jetliner crashed early Wednesday in the hours after Iran launched missile attacks on two Iraqi military bases housing American troops. The attacks were a response to the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani days earlier.
Hundreds protest at universities in Tehran
Hundreds gathered at universities in Tehran Saturday night to protest the government’s late acknowledgement of the plane being shot down. They demanded officials involved in the missile attack be removed from their positions and tried.
Police broke up the demonstrations.
Sweden: Iran must take full responsibility
Sweden’s prime minister said the country is demanding Iran cooperate without any restrictions in investigating the downing of the jetliner.
“The fact that a plane was shot down is terrible and horrifying,” Stefan Lofven said Saturday. “To have a civil aircraft shot down – whether accidentally or not – is an act that must be condemned and Iran must take full responsibility also in relation to those affected.”
A total of 10 people with Swedish citizenship and another seven residing in Scandinavian country are believed to have been aboard Ukrainian International Airlines flight 752 flying out of the Iranian capital.