Iranians protest after government admits to shooting down Ukrainian airliner

Iran admitted to mistakenly downing the commercial passenger plane which was carrying at least 82 Iranian citizens.
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Transcript for Iranians protest after government admits to shooting down Ukrainian airliner
Eva U, over to you. Now to other big story, on a dime the Iranian national rage at the U.S. For killing qassem soleimani has been overwhelmed by anger at their own government for mistakenly shooting down that Ukrainian airliner. Protesters taking to the streets. That, as Americans assess president trump's handling of the drone strike that killed soleimani. A new poll shows -- more than a half of Americans disapprove of how the president dealt with the situation. More now from ABC's Stephanie Ramos. Good morning to you. Reporter: Eva good morning. After days of denial, Iran finally admitted to shooting down that passenger jet over Tehran. Which has sparked those protests across the region. Iranians are upset with its government over what they see as an initial cover-up. Overnight, thousands of Iranians protesting in the streets. Not against America, but now against their own government. Outraged over Iran's stunning reversal and admission that its military unintentionally shot down the passenger jet in Tehran Wednesday. The president trump tweeting directly to the Iranians in farsi and English. Writing, to the brave, long-suffering people of Iran. I've stood with you since the beginning of my presidency and administration will continue to strand with you. We're following your protests closely and are inspired by your courage. After three days of denial, Iran's military now says the Boeing 737 operated by a Ukrainian airline was misidentified as a cruise missile flying over Tehran the same night Iran blasted missiles toward U.S. Bases in Iraq. All to avenge the death of top military commander qassem soleimani. All 176 people on that plane including Ukrainians and Canadians were killed. One of them, a 23-year-old college student who attended alliant international university in San Diego. On the night of the attack, a satellite saw two missiles fire at least one exploded into pieces near the jet. Ukraine's president posting these photos of what he said shrapnel damage on the plane. Questions still remain. Why wasn't Ukraine airline not warn of the danger? Why was the airspace left open? This is one of the issues that we certainly need better answers to. The trump administration insists the killing of soleimani stopped a planned attack on Americans. But president trump hasn't laid out a case to show there was an imminent threat. His administration is placing new sanctions against Iran. Whit? All right, Stephanie, thank you. Now to the impeachment showdown and a pivotal week speaker Pelosi is promising to

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