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    Breaking: Iran’s President tragically killed in helicopter crash, confirms state media.

    Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian were declared dead on Monday following a helicopter crash, as reported by Iranian state media. The incident occurred in a mountainous region of northwestern Iran while they were returning from an event near the Azerbaijan border.

    The state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) indicated that no survivors were found at the crash site as of 8 a.m. local time. The Iranian Red Crescent Society confirmed that rescue teams had identified the wreckage of Raisi’s helicopter. The crash also involved other senior officials, whose identities have not been disclosed.

    On Sunday, Iran’s Interior Minister, Ahmad Vahidi, confirmed the helicopter’s “hard landing” and stated that rescue operations were underway, although adverse weather conditions were hampering efforts. Vahidi mentioned that there had been some contact with the president’s companions but highlighted the challenges posed by the mountainous terrain.

     Ebrahim Raisi killed
    Ebrahim Raisi killed

    Twenty rescue teams, including drones and dogs, were dispatched to the scene, with the Iranian military also contributing to the search efforts. Footage from the Fars News Agency showed rescue teams near the site of the crash.

    Earlier in the day, the Iranian government posted an image of Raisi with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev at a dam opening event along the border. A message on Raisi’s Instagram page asked for prayers for his health and that of his fellow passengers. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei expressed hope for Raisi’s safe return and affirmed that the government would continue to function during this crisis.

    Ebrahim Raisi, elected in 2021, was known for his hard-line stance compared to his predecessor, Hassan Rouhani. Under Iran’s constitution, if the president dies in office, the first vice president, with the supreme leader’s approval, assumes the role temporarily, and a new election must be held within 50 days.


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