June 13, 2024

Iranian Media Declare Raisi Dead; ‘No Sign’ of Life at Helicopter Crash Site

Search groups have reportedly positioned the location the place a helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, crashed on Sunday, in accordance with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), the state’s information company.

There was “no signal’ of life, in accordance with Iranian state tv (via the Times of Israel).

IRAN – MAY 20: A display seize captured from a video exhibits from Akinci Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, which participated in search and rescue operations for the helicopter carrying the Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his delegation in Iran on May 20, 2024. A Turkish Akinci unmanned aerial automobile (UAV) recognized a supply of warmth early Monday suspected to be the wreckage of a helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and shared its coordinates with Iranian authorities. (Photo by Anadolu/Anadolu through Getty Images)

State-run media additionally declared that Raisi had died — or, fairly, that he had been “martyred.”

The Times of Israel quoted Iran’s Mehr information company:

“The president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi, had an accident while serving and performing his duty for the people of Iran and was martyred,” Iran’s Mehr company says as different media retailers additionally reported the information.

Iranian Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian and different officers have been additionally reported to have been on board when the helicopter went missing in a mountainous space of the nation.

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President of Iran Ebrahim Raisi speaks throughout a information convention, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

ranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian is seen before a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at Kishida's office in Tokyo Monday, Aug. 7, 2023. (Issei Kato/Pool Photo via AP)

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian is seen earlier than a gathering with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at Kishida’s workplace in Tokyo Monday, Aug. 7, 2023. (Issei Kato/Pool Photo through AP)

The climate circumstances have been reported to have consisted of fog, rain, and chilly climate.

The Times of Israel reported that the Iranian Fars information company had revealed that whereas the helicopter carrying the Iranian president had crashed, two different helicopters within the convoy, carrying different officers had arrived safely at their vacation spot.

Pir-Hossein Kolivand, head of Iran’s Red Crescent Society, introduced that groups had arrived at the situation of the helicopter crash, including that “the condition is not good,” in accordance with the IRNA’s statement.

Kolivand added that “73 rescue teams are present in the search area of the helicopter in the Tawal village with advanced and specialized equipment.”

People in Iran have been requested to hope for president Raisi after the information of the helicopter crash.

Opposition teams have been mentioned to be celebrating, setting off fireworks and posting jokes on social media.

If Raisi is confirmed lifeless, it may set off a succession battle in Iran that has the potential to destabilize the regime.

Update: The Iranian authorities reportedly confirmed the demise of Raisi saying all 9 crew and passengers aboard the helicopter had been killed.

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