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Iran's Cabinet holds emergency meeting after President Raisi's death

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, the country's foreign minister and others have been found dead at the site of a helicopter crash after an hourslong search through a foggy, mountainous region

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FILE - Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi listens to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, not in photo, during a joint news conference following their meeting at the Presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey, Jan. 24, 2024. (Photo: PTI)

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Iran's Cabinet held an emergency meeting as state media announced the death of President Ebrahim Raisi.
The Cabinet offered its condolences, saying in a statement that he made the ultimate sacrifice in serving his country, according to a report by the state-run IRNA news agency. The report was accompanied by a photo of Raisi's chair draped in black, his photo on the desk.
We assure our loyal and appreciative and beloved nation that the path of service will continue with the tireless spirit of Ayatollah Raisi, the hero and the servant of the nation and the faithful friend of the leadership, the Cabinet said in a statement carried by IRNA.
Pakistan announces day of mourning over Raisi's death

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has announced a day of mourning over the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash.
I along with the government and people of Pakistan extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Iranian nation on this terrible loss. May the martyred souls rest in heavenly peace. The great Iranian nation will overcome this tragedy with customary courage, Sharif wrote on the social platform X on Monday.
Sharif recently hosted Raisi and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian when they visited Pakistan and said: They were good friends of Pakistan."

Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari in a statement also expressed shock and sorrow over Raisi's death. He extended his condolences to the bereaved families of the Iranian president, the foreign minister and others who died in the accident.
Iraqi Prime minister says great sadness and great sorrow after deadly helicopter crash in Iran

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, whose government coalition is close to Tehran, expressed great sadness and great sorrow in a statement on Monday after the deaths of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and others in a helicopter crash.
He also extended sincere condolences to Iran's supreme leader and government and solidarity with the brotherly Iranian people."

Houthi leader in Yemen mourns Iranian President's death

A Houthi leader in Yemen on Monday mourned the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and other senior officials who were killed in a helicopter crash.
Our deepest condolences to the Iranian people and the Iranian leadership and to the families of the president and the accompanying delegation, Mohamed Ali al-Houthi, the head of the Houthis' Supreme Revolutionary Committees. The Iranian people will continue to have leaders loyal to their people, God willing.
Iran is the main backer of the Houthis in their yearslong war against Yemen's internationally recognized government, which is backed by a Saudi-led military coalition.
Iran's president, foreign minister and others found dead at helicopter crash site=

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, the country's foreign minister and others have been found dead at the site of a helicopter crash after an hourslong search through a foggy, mountainous region of the country's northwest, state media reported.
State TV gave no immediate cause for the crash in Iran's East Azerbaijan province. With Raisi were Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, the governor of Iran's East Azerbaijan province and other officials and bodyguards, the state-run IRNA news agency reported.
Turkish authorities early Monday released what they described as drone footage showing what appeared to be a fire in the wilderness that they suspected to be wreckage of a helicopter. The coordinates listed in the footage put the fire some 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the Azerbaijan-Iranian border on the side of a steep mountain.
Footage released by the IRNA early Monday showed what the agency described as the crash site, across a steep valley in a green mountain range. Soldiers speaking in the local Azeri language said: There it is, we found it.
Shortly after, state TV in an on-screen scrolling text said: There is no sign of life from people on board. It did not elaborate, but the semiofficial Tasnim news agency showed rescuers using a small drone to fly over the site, with them speaking among themselves saying the same thing.
Helicopter crash could reverberate across the Middle East

Jerusalem - The crash of a helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, the country's foreign minister and other officials is likely to reverberate across the Middle East.
That's because Iran has spent decades supporting armed groups in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and the Palestinian territories that allow it to project power and potentially deter attacks from the United States or Israel, the sworn enemies of its 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Tensions have never been higher than they were last month, when Iran under Raisi and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei launched hundreds of drones and ballistic missiles at Israel in response to an airstrike on an Iranian Consulate in Syria that killed two Iranian generals and five officers.
Israel, with the help of the US, Britain, Jordan and others, intercepted nearly all the projectiles. In response, Israel apparently launched its own strike against an air defense radar system in the Iranian city of Isfahan, causing no casualties but sending an unmistakable message.
The sides have waged a shadow war of covert operations and cyberattacks for years, but the exchange of fire in April was their first direct military confrontation.

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First Published: May 20 2024 | 12:53 PM IST

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