Iranian authorities have previously admitted that Iran’s military shot down the plane. On January 11, Brigadier-General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force said the plane was shot down by a short-range missile and was misidentified as a cruise missile by an air defense operator.
Iran has not previously indicated that the plane was struck twice. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tweeted on Saturday a reference to multiple “missiles” but did not give any clarification.
Iranian riot police used tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters in Tehran’s Azadi Square Sunday. Protests have also reportedly occurred in other cities around the country, including Shiraz, Esfahan, Hamedan and Orumiyeh.
Video showed some protesters calling for the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down, a far cry from the solidarity and national unity seen in the days after Soleimani’s killing.
“Death to the dictator,” some chanted in the capital, Tehran, in footage posted on social media. In one video, demonstrators chanted, “Khamenei have shame. Leave the country.”
CNN’s Helen Regan contributed reporting.