Iran marks 1988 US downing of passenger jet

July 02, 2019 - 10:57 pm

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Relatives of those killed in the U.S. Navy's 1988 shootdown of an Iranian passenger jet have thrown flowers into the Strait of Hormuz to mark their deaths.

Iranian state television aired footage Wednesday of mourners in the strait, as armed Iranian Revolutionary Guard fast boats patrolled around them. They tossed gladiolas into the strait as some wept.

The July 3, 1988 downing of Iran Air flight 655 by the U.S. Navy remains one of the moments the Iranian government points to in its decades-long distrust of America. The U.S. Navy's mistaken missile fire killed 290 people.

This year's commemoration comes amid heightened tensions with the U.S., after President Donald Trump pulled America from Iran's nuclear deal. Iran this week broke a low-enriched uranium stockpile limitation set by the deal.