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LResearch is underway to attempt to find and discover the president of Iran. Ebrahim Raïssi was on board a helicopter this Sunday, May 19, which suffered an accident, with state tv reporting a “hard landing”.

Uncertainty hangs over the destiny of Ebrahim Raïssi, who was visiting japanese Azerbaijan to inaugurate a dam. All the sources of the military had been mobilized to find the location of what, because the hours handed, more and more instructed a crash. Update on the state of affairs.

What occurred ?

“An accident occurred with the helicopter transporting the president” within the Jolfa area, within the coronary heart of a sparsely populated mountainous space, state tv mentioned.

The Minister of the Interior, Ahmad Vahidi, spoke to state tv of a “hard landing” of the plane, with out giving further particulars. The plane was a part of a convoy of three helicopters transporting the presidential delegation. Two of them landed safely in Tabriz, the massive metropolis within the northwest, however not the one during which Ebrahim Raïssi, aged 63, was.

READ ALSO Iranian President Raïssi not discovered for the reason that “accident” of his helicopter in Eastern AzerbaijanThe accident web site is believed to be positioned within the Dizmar forest, close to the city of Varzaghan. Shortly earlier than, the Iranian president inaugurated a dam within the province of East Azerbaijan, accompanied by his Azerbaijani counterpart, Ilham Aliev, on the border between the 2 nations.

Who was on board?

The official Irna information company indicated that along with the president, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the governor of the province, in addition to the primary imam of the area, had been among the many passengers of the aircraft.

Where is the analysis?

Intense searches had been underway late Sunday in northwest Iran. “More than 20 rescue teams equipped with full equipment, including drones and rescue dogs,” had been “sent to the site,” in line with the Irna company.

Turkey has deployed 32 rescue employees and 6 autos to Iran to take part within the seek for the broken helicopter of President Ebrahim Raïssi, the federal government Emergency Relief Agency (Afad) introduced on Sunday.

But the searches are made very troublesome by the “unfavorable weather conditions”, indicated the Minister of the Interior. “It may take time to reach the area,” he added. State tv broadcast photographs of a number of members of the Iranian Red Crescent strolling in thick fog.

What situation within the occasion of the loss of life of Ebrahim Raïssi?

The vice-president, Mohammad Mokhber, left Tehran late within the afternoon to achieve Tabriz, within the firm of a number of ministers, in line with the federal government spokesperson. It is he who would take over as president within the occasion of the loss of life of Ebrahim Raïssi, pending the holding of a presidential election inside 50 days. Developments within the state of affairs are being carefully monitored internationally.

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, known as on Iranians “not to worry” concerning the nation, saying “there will be no disruption” and saying “hope that God will bring back the president and His companions “.