Uncertainty over the fate of Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi after a helicopter accident – rts.ch

Uncertainty over the fate of Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi after a helicopter accident – rts.ch
Uncertainty over the fate of Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi after a helicopter accident – rts.ch

Intense searches are underway on Sunday in northwest Iran to find the helicopter carrying President Ebrahim Raïssi, who was the victim of an “accident”, officials and state media announced.

The search is made very difficult by “unfavorable weather conditions”, including fog, Interior Minister Ahmed Vahidi said on state television.

“It may take time to reach the area,” he added, although this location would be located in the Dizmar forest, near the towns of Uzi and Varzaghan.

State television broadcast images of several members of the Iranian Red Crescent walking in thick fog. It also showed images of faithful praying for the health of the president in several mosques, including that of the holy city of Mashhad (north-east).

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No confirmation

The minister did not directly confirm whether President Raïssi was on board the aircraft, which was part of a convoy of three helicopters carrying the presidential delegation, but several local media assure that this is the case. Two of the planes landed safely in Tabriz, the large city in the northwest, but apparently not the one in which Ebrahim Raïssi was apparently located.

The official IRNA news agency said Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian was also among the plane’s passengers, along with the provincial governor and the region’s main imam.

The Irna agency added that “more than 40 rescue teams equipped with full equipment, including drones and rescue dogs”, had “been sent to the site”.

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Returning from Azerbaijan

Ebrahim Raïssi visited the province of Eastern Azerbaijan on Sunday, where he notably inaugurated a dam in the company of the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliev, on the border between the two countries.

Ebrahim Raïssi inaugurated a dam on the border with Azerbaijan on Sunday in the company of the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliev. [AFP – -]

During a joint press conference, he once again gave his support to the Palestinians in the war in the Gaza Strip between Hamas and Israel. “We believe that Palestine is the first issue of the Muslim world, and we are convinced that the people of Iran and Azerbaijan always support the people of Palestine and Gaza and hate the Zionist regime,” he said .

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Information covered in the 5:00 p.m. timetable bulletin.

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