Iran’s president and foreign minister found dead after helicopter crash

Iran’s president and foreign minister found dead after helicopter crash

The Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi, the country’s foreign minister and others were found dead Monday hours after their helicopter crashed in a foggy, mountainous region in the country’s northwest, according to state media. Raisi was 63 years old.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneiannounced the appointment of the vice president, Mohammad Mokhberas the new acting president in a message of condolences in which he also announced five days of official mourning.

The event occurred amid tensions in the Middle East over the war between Israel and Hamas, during which Raisi, under the leadership of Khamenei, launched an unprecedented drone and missile attack against Israel last month. Under Raisi, Iran enriched uranium to levels closer to weapons-grade material than ever before, further raising tensions with the West as Tehran also supplied bomb-carrying drones to Russia for its war in Ukraine and to armed militias across the country. the region.

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