- A new video appears to show the moment a Ukrainian airliner was hit by a missile at Iran's airport in Tehran
- The video further strengthens intelligence reports cited by the US media that an Iranian missile brought the airliner down
- However, Iran has denied firing a missile at the plane
A new video that appears to show the moment a Ukrainian airliner was hit by a missile before crashing not far from Iran's airport in Tehran has surfaced online.
The Ukrainian International plane, bound for Kyiv, crashed shortly after take-off from the Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran on 8 January, killing all 176 passengers and crew on board.
The video has further strengthened intelligence reports by the US media that an Iranian missile brought the airliner down.
The video shows a small explosion in the sky, followed by what seemed to be a loud explosion.
Aljazeera reports that the video was has been verified by Bellingcat, an independent international collective of researchers and citizen journalists, using geolocation technology and other techniques to establish the video was taken in Parand.
Iran has denied that a missile hit the airliner, asking countries whose citizens were aboard the plane to send representatives to join the process of investigating the crash and searching for the so-called black boxes.
The Washington Post reported that the victim of the Ukrainian plane disaster include 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 20 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three Britons.
Meanwhile, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, has backed down from more military conflict with Iran.
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Trump instead called for renewed diplomacy and an end to hostilities with the Middle Eastern country after noting that no American or Iraqi lives were lost in the recent attack on military bases by Iran.
In a press conference at the White House on Wednesday Trump said his country was ready to embrace peace with “all who seek it”.
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