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American peace advocacy group condemns US harassing of Iranian passenger plane

US jet fighters' dangerous and harassing approach to Mahan Air flight 1152 causes international political uproar.

An American peace advocacy group has criticized the US government for the act of harassing an Iranian passenger plane to divert the nation’s attention away from the administration’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis.

On Thursday an Iranian Mahan Air flight which had taken off from Tehran and was en route to the Lebanese capital, Beirut, was harassed by two US warplanes.

The Iranian government, international bodies and rights groups across the world condemned the illegal move by US jet planes.

Code Pink, an American grassroots anti-war NGO, criticized the US fighter jets for harassing of a passenger plane and urged the Trump administration to mind its own crisis “when tens of thousands of Americans are over here dying from the gov's mishandling of COVID-19,” the organization wrote on Twitter.

Serious question– what business do US fighter jets have harassing (& nearly downing) an Iranian passenger plane– in Syrian airspace, mind you– when tens of thousands of Americans are over here dying from the gov's mishandling of COVID-19??

— CODEPINK (@codepink) July 24, 2020

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In related news, referring to the recent harassment of the Iranian passenger plane by US warplanes, the United Nations stressed on Friday all countries must respect the safety of civilian air travel.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric pointed out that the safety of civilian air travel is a matter of principle that should be respected by all countries.

The Civil Aviation Organization of Iran vowed to lodge a complaint at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) over the US fighter jets’ "unlawful "harassment of Mahan Air flight 1152 over Syrian airspace.

Both Syria and Lebanon said they were going to lodge separate complaints at international institutions and organizations, as well. 

Mahan Air’s Flight 1152 had taken off from the capital Tehran and was en route to the Lebanese capital Beirut when US warplanes conducted aggressive maneuvers and came dangerously close to the plane over Syria’s al-Tanf region on Thursday night.


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