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Iranians protest in anger over downed Ukrainian plane

Police guard the British Embassy during an anti-UK protest in Tehran Iran Sunday Jan. 12 2020

Videos sent to the New York-based Centre for Human Rights in Iran and later verified by The Associated Press showed a crowd of demonstrators fleeing as a tear gas canister landed among them.

President Donald Trump warned Iranian leaders on January 12 to hold back from killing its citizens who are protesting across the country after Tehran admitted to mistakenly shooting down a Ukrainian airliner, killing all 176 people aboard, including 82 Iranians. But even as they apologised for the "unforgivable mistake", they attempted to place the blame for the incident on America's doorstep.

"Police did not shoot in the gatherings since broad-mindedness and restraint has been the agenda of the police forces of the capital".

As the demonstrations continued on Saturday, the government moved to disperse the protesters. Videos posted online showed demonstrators running from police who used batons and teargas.

Iranian media reported that local officials, prayer leaders and Revolutionary Guard commanders were visiting the families of victims to offer apologies and condolences.

Iran fired at US bases in Iraq on Wednesday, though no Americans were hurt.

The protests in several cities were centered at universities and dominated by students, perhaps because many of those killed in the plane crash were recent graduates heading for further study in Canada.

"DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS", Trump said in a tweet aimed at the Iranian government. "Thousands have already been killed or imprisoned by you, and the World is watching", Trump said.

"To the leaders of Iran - DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS", Trump tweeted, warning that the world and "more importantly, the US is watching". Turn your internet back on and let reporters roam free!

Hajizadeh said Iran's air defense systems were on high alert due to rising tensions with the United States and President Donald Trump's threat to strike 52 Iranian cultural sites.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed to pursue justice for those who died as a Ukrainian airliner crashed near Tehran last week.

Mr Trudeau said on Saturday there must be a full investigation with "full clarity on how such a horrific tragedy could have occurred".

The family has not yet finalized where the couple's remains will be buried, but Ms. Madani said she hopes the fact that her sister and brother-in-law both held Iranian and Canadian citizenship will not complicate any potential repatriation process.

A massive turnout at a University of Toronto memorial for victims of the Ukrainian plane crash in Iran.

Iran responded with a barrage of missiles at two United States bases in Iraq, with no casualties at what was seen as an attempt to prevent an escalation spiral.

The recent flare-up began in December when rockets fired at USA bases in Iraq killed a US contractor.

"Our aim was not really to kill enemy soldiers". But in the tense hours that followed, the Boeing 737-800 was cleared to take off from Tehran airport and brought down by a missile fired by mistake. "And people in Iran are simply fed up", he said on ABC's this week.

"Based on the recommendation of the integrated aviation security risk assessment group, taking into account the issue of flight safety in the airspace of Iran and Iraq and the presumed causes of the Ukrainian aircraft crash, the Civil Aviation Agency calls on airlines registered in Georgia to refrain from using the airspace of Iran and Iraq".

"They deserve freedom, liberty and the ability to live in security and peace, all of which the regime denies them", he said. The statement was a reversal of earlier assertions from Iranian authorities that denied a missile was the cause and instead blamed mechanical failure.

But others said Iran's enemies, a term usually used to refer to Washington and its allies, were exploiting the incident.