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Iran mourns 1988 airliner downing by US warship

Iranians are marking the anniversary of the downing of an airliner by a US warship in the Persian Gulf two decades ago.



Tehran: Iranians are marking the anniversary of the downing of an airliner by a US warship in the Persian Gulf more than two decades ago.

State TV today showed relatives of the 290 dead and local officials from the regions bordering the Gulf scattering flowers from a ship and a helicopter into the waters where the Iran Air Airbus A300 crashed on July 3, 1988, killing all on board.

Participants were chanting, "Down with the U.S."

In 1999, Iran said that it had received USD 130 million from a 1996 settlement that included compensation for families of the victims.

Iran has held similar ceremonies on past anniversaries of the incident.

PTI

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