Jul 18, 2014, 2:49 AM
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Iran condoles with Malaysian nation, Gov't on plane crash disaster

Tehran, July 18, IRNA – Foreign Ministry spokeswoman here early Friday morning expressed deep sorrow on sad and heartbreaking crash of a Malaysian passenger plane in east of Ukraine, condoling with that country's people and government.

Marziyeh Afkham has in her message on the occasion also condoled with the bereaved family members of the plane's passengers and crew members.

Malaysia Airline's Boeing 77 was downed at 5:20 pm Thursday Moscow time, ten minutes before entering the Russian airspace 60 kilometers to the west of Ukraine's border with Russia killing all 295 passengers and crew members on board.

The Ukrainian government and the pro-Russian militia forces fighting against that government accuse each other of shooting down the plane with a missile.

An advisor of the Ukrainian interior minister wrote in his Facebook page that the pro-Russian militia forces downed the Malaysian passenger plane, using a Buk missile.

According to him, the plane was hit at a 10,000 meter altitude flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

Russia's RIA Novosty news agency, too, claimed that the separatists of the self-declared Lugansk republic have downed the Malaysian plane using a Ukrainian Sukhoi 25 warplane.

Ukraine's interior ministry says the plane was shot down by a missile.

Hours after flight MH17 came down dazed, disbelieving and frustrated relatives of passengers were gathering at Kuala Lumpur airport seeking information. Just as those of Flight MH370 found, they got little response.

Many of the passengers were Malaysian Muslims returning home for the Eid al-Fitr festival marking the end of Ramadan.