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Iran’s President Raisi And Foreign Minister Die In Helicopter Crash, Few Days After Hezbollah Down Israeli Spy Balloon

The Oasis Reporters

May 20, 2024







President Ebrahim Raisi.



Few days after the Iranian militant proxy Hezbollah celebrated the downing of an Israeli spy balloon overlooking Southern Lebanon, their main backer, the Iranian President, Ebrahim Raisolsadati (Persian: December 1960 – 19 May 2024), commonly known as Ebrahim Raisi has died in a helicopter crash alongside his Foreign Minister.

Raisi as an Iranian politician served as eighth president of Iran from 2021 until his death in 2024.

He was a Principlist and a Muslim jurist.

Iran’s President, Ebrahim Raisi, was killed in a helicopter crash in a mountainous area of north-western Iran, the country’s state media has said.

BBC reports that he was traveling with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian who also died after the aircraft came down on Sunday.

It was initially reported that the helicopter carrying the men and their entourage had made a rough landing in foggy conditions.

Mr Raisi, 63, was tipped as a potential successor to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The helicopter came down in a remote area of north-western Iran on the way back from Azerbaijan where Mr Raisi had been meeting President Ilham Aliyev.

On Monday, the Iranian Red Crescent confirmed the bodies of the president and others who died in the crash had been recovered and search operations had ended.

“We are in the process of transferring the bodies of the martyrs to Tabriz [in Iran’s northwest],” the organisation’s chief said on state television.

According to local media he had been in the area to open the Qiz Qalasi and Khodaafarin dams.

Ahead of the confirmation of the death, vigils had taken place in the capital, Tehran, with pictures showing people kneeling in prayer.

Mr Raisi, 63, was a hard-line cleric close to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and was considered to be a potential successor to the 85-year-old.

His election as president in 2021 consolidated the control of conservatives over every part of the Islamic Republic.

In a statement following his death, the Iranian government said it would continue to operate “without disruption”.


A number of countries have expressed their condolences following President Raisi’s death.

In Pakistan, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced a national day of mourning and described Mr Raisi and Mr Amir-Abdollahian as “good friends of Iran”.

Writing on social media, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “deeply saddened and shocked” by the deaths.



[Deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic demise of Dr. Seyed Ebrahim Raisi, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. His contribution to strengthening India-Iran bilateral relationship will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to his family and the people of Iran. India stands with Iran in this time of sorrow] – Narendra Modi

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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his government was “in full contact and co-ordination with the Iranian authorities” and was ready to “provide any necessary support”.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed his condolences and said the president and foreign minister were “true, reliable friends of our country”.

Israeli media had confirmed the downing of their spy balloon overlooking southern Lebanon and nothing further was mentioned.

Causes of the helicopter crash in Iran are still not known but speculations may point to weather sudden adverse weather reports in the region. Iran awaits specialist investigations.

With BBC

Greg Abolo

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