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Key Facts about the Helicopter Crash that killed Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi: A Tragic Loss. 

By rusti cotv May20,2024
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The whole world has been shaken by the tragic death of Iran’s president, Ebrahim Raisi, in a helicopter crash. This happened when he was traveling near the Azerbaijan border through the mountainous area. Several high-ranking individuals have reportedly perished as a result of the incident, with far-reaching consequences on Iran’s politics. The following is what we know so far about this tragic event:

Crash Location and Circumstances

 On Monday morning, it was discovered that President Ebrahim Raisi’s helicopter had crashed in mountainous terrain near the Azerbaijan border after searching through nighttime blizzard conditions.

Confirmed Deaths

 According to Vice President Mohsen Mansouri and state television, President Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, and everyone else on board died in that crash. It was a U.S.-made Bell 212 helo.

Search and Rescue Efforts

 Rescue teams were out all night, braving harsh weather conditions, looking for the wreckage. According to Pirhossein Kolivand, head of Iran’s Red Crescent, there were no signs of life among the victims from the crash site. Video footage showed rescue teams navigating treacherous terrain using GPS devices and torches carried on their heads.

International Reactions and Offers of Assistance

 Several countries expressed concern:

 U.S. President Joe Biden received information about it from the White House.

 China viewed this occurrence with deep worry.

 The European Union gave emergency satellite mapping technology to assist in rescue operations.

 Azerbaijan’s president Ilham Aliyev, who met Raisi earlier, offered help using local forces for search efforts.

Impact on Iranian Leadership

Raisi, considered one of the hardliners, could be counted among Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s potential successors; the latter has complete control over Iran’s foreign policies and nuclear programs. Raisi’s absence leaves a vacuum in Iran at a time when internal dissent is growing and international pressure is mounting.

Raisi’s Political Legacy

 Ebrahim Raisi was elected president in 2021, and during his tenure, he imposed stricter morality laws, cracked down on anti-government protests, and was deeply involved in global nuclear talks. His presidency saw all branches of power being dominated by hardliners after the moderate leadership of Hassan Rouhani.

Reactions Within Iran

 In this situation, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has been telling Iranians that everything continues without change. State TV stopped regular broadcasting to pray for Raisi countrywide, revealing his death’s magnitude.

Ongoing Challenges for Iran

 The crash happens at a time when political unrest, Western economic sanctions effects as well as its controversial nuclear program have hit Tehran. In addition to Russian military engagement, scrutiny from around the world following the Ukraine crisis and, more lately, Hamas’s attack on Israel has focused on this country.

Raisi’s Final Engagement

 Raisi had gone to the Azerbaijani border, where he was expected to commission the Qiz-Qalasi Dam, a joint project with Azerbaijan. Now, there are questions surrounding ongoing international collaborations.

What’s Next for Iran?

 With such an important figure like Raisi dead, it remains unclear if Iran’s domestic and foreign policies will shift going forward. As it goes through this new phase of its history, the world waits keenly, watching out for any changes within its political terrain or even external links it may forge next.

 Reuters Econ World will provide more updates and expert analysis on this story as it develops. Register here for the latest news, which will be sent directly to your inbox.

 Parisa Hafezi in Dubai and Yomma Ehab in Cairo reported; Stephen Coates, writing of Lincoln Feast editing.

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