Vigil for Nova Scotian victims of Iran plane crash to be held today

A vigil will be held this afternoon in Halifax for the victims of this week’s plane crash in Iran.

Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 bound for Kyiv from Tehran was shot down on Wednesday. All 176 people on board were killed, including 57 Canadians.

Five women on board were residents of Nova Scotia, including Masoumeh Ghavi, Mandieh Ghavi, Sharieh (Sheri) Faghihi, Fatemeh Mahmoodi and Maryam Malek

Today’s vigil, organized by the Nova Scotia Iranian Cultural Association, will be held at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium at Dalhousie University starting at 2:30 p.m. It will be livestreamed by CBC Nova Scotia.

On Friday, Iran admitted to accidentally shooting down the plane with a missile.

Tehran says the aircraft was targeted “unintentionally” hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on two military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq.

The attack had been in retaliation for the U.S. killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

A military statement said the plane was mistaken for a “hostile target.”

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