Breaking: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Senior Officials Killed in Helicopter Crash

Tragic Helicopter Crash Claims Lives of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Senior Officials

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Crash site

A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and several senior officials crashed in northwestern Iran, resulting in the death of all on board, reliable sources in Tehran have confirmed. The fatal crash occurred on Sunday as the helicopter was landing in the Varzaqan region. The group was returning from a ceremony celebrating the opening of a new dam on Iran’s border with Azerbaijan.

Among the deceased were Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, Governor of East Azarbaijan Province Malek Rahmati, Tabriz Friday prayer leader Hojjatoleslam Al Hashem, and other officials.

The tragic news was confirmed earlier today by the president of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS), Pir-Hossein Kolivand. He announced on Monday morning that rescue and search teams had located the wreckage of President Raisi’s helicopter. Kolivand mentioned that the situation at the crash site was dire but did not provide further details.

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“Seventy-three rescue teams are present in the search area of the helicopter in Tawal village with advanced and specialized equipment,” Kolivand stated, emphasizing the scale of the rescue efforts.

This incident marks a significant loss for Iran, plunging the nation into mourning as it grapples with the sudden demise of its leaders. The impact on the country’s political landscape and future governmental proceedings remains to be seen as the nation mourns this tragic loss.

This grab taken from handout video shows Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi on board a helicopter in the Jolfa region of the northwestern province of East Azarbaijan.
The helicopter carrying Mr Raisi takes off near the Iran-Azerbaijan border
Crash site

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