Iran's judiciary has said passengers of an airliner that Tehran say was "harassed" this week by an American fighter jet over Syria can sue the US military for damages in Iranian courts.

Iranian media said yesterday that several passengers on the Mahan Air flight heading from Tehran to Beirut were injured on Thursday after the pilot rapidly changed altitude to avoid collision with the US jet.

The US military said its F-15 was at a safe distance and the fighter was conducting a visual inspection of the airliner as it passed near the Tanf garrison in Syria, home to US forces.

"All passengers on Mahan Air Flight 1152, Iranians andnon-Iranian, can sue the terrorist U.S. military - commanders, perpetrators, supervisors and deputies - in Iranian courts formoral and physical damages," Ali Bagheri-Kani, head of thejudiciary's human rights office was quoted as saying by the semi-official ILNA news agency.

He said complainants could also take an international legalroute through the International Civil Aviation Organization, the UN agency that oversees international civil aviationagreements.

He said Iranian courts follow laws that deal with humanrights violations and "adventurist and terrorist acts of theUnited States in the region."

It was not clear if any passenger would sue the US military.

Iran said yesterday it had lodged a complaint with the ICAO.

The incident was the latest in tensions between Tehran andWashington since President Donald Trump withdrew the United States in 2018 from Iran's nuclear deal with six powers andreimposed sanctions that have battered Iran’s economy.

Footage of the inside of the airliner broadcast by Iranianstate TV yesterday showed a passenger lying immobile on thefloor and another with a wounded nose and forehead.