There is hardly any hope of Raisi being rescued after a helicopter crash in Iran | EUROtoday

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Rescue groups have found the suspected crash website of Iranian President Raisi's helicopter. Bad climate makes rescue work harder. There is little hope that Raisi survived the accident.

After Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's helicopter crash, there seems to be little hope of retrieving him alive. The head of Iran's Red Crescent stated on state tv that rescue groups have been approaching the wreckage of the crashed helicopter. But the state of affairs is “not good”.

There is little hope that Raisi remains to be alive, an Iranian authorities official advised Reuters who didn’t need to be named. State tv spoke of “no signs of life” on the crash website. “President Raisi's helicopter was completely burned out in the crash… unfortunately all passengers are feared dead,” the Iranian official stated.

A Turkish drone had beforehand recognized a warmth supply, which was stated to be the wreckage of the helicopter. The coordinates of the attainable crash website have been transmitted to the Iranian authorities, the Anadolu information company reported by way of the quick message service X.

Bad climate makes rescue operations troublesome

In addition to Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian was additionally on board. Bad climate makes the rescue operation troublesome. “It's dark and it has started to rain,” a state tv reporter reported. Mud makes the search troublesome. In addition, the mountain area is in fog.

According to earlier data from Iranian state media, 65 rescue groups have been deployed in a single day within the East Azerbaijan province within the northwest of the nation, the place the helicopter was final situated. There have been 9 individuals on board the helicopter, together with the governor of the provincial capital Tabris. The Iranian authorities shunned releasing official data and warned in opposition to spreading unconfirmed data.

Raisi was getting back from a gathering with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Sunday afternoon together with Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian when their airplane disappeared from radar. Together they inaugurated a dam within the neighboring nation. The entourage then made its approach again to Iran with a complete of three helicopters, however the presidential airplane didn’t arrive at its vacation spot.

Emergency Cabinet assembly

As Iranian media reported, the scene of the accident is close to Jolfa – greater than 600 kilometers from the capital Tehran, near the border with Azerbaijan. In addition to the rescue groups, the Iranian armed forces have been additionally concerned within the search. In addition to Turkey, a number of different nations additionally provided their assist in the rescue operation.

Iran's cupboard met for an emergency assembly within the night. First Vice President Mohammed Mochber chaired the late night assembly. According to protocol, he would change Raisi as head of presidency within the occasion of his loss of life. According to the structure, new elections should then happen inside 50 days.

non secular leaders Khamenei requires prayers for Raisi

Religious chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei known as on the nation to hope for the president. He hopes for Raisi's return, the state information company Irna quoted him as saying. At the identical time, the pinnacle of state assured that the incident wouldn’t have an effect on authorities enterprise. “The Iranian nation should not worry. There will be no interruption in the country's activities,” Khamenei stated, in line with Irna.

According to the structure, Raisi is head of presidency, however he’s thought-about a relatively weak president – particularly since Khamenei, as head of state, has the extra highly effective place and has the ultimate say in all strategic issues.

Pictures of the search operation within the mountainous area could be seen on Iranian tv.

Ore conservatives Hardliner Raisi has been in workplace since 2021

Raisi was sworn in as the brand new president in August 2021. The arch-conservative cleric formally grew to become the successor to Hassan Rouhani, who was now not allowed to run after two phrases in workplace. As the main candidate of the political hardliners and the popular candidate and protégé of the non secular chief Khamenei, Raisi gained the presidential election with nearly 62 p.c of the vote.

Iran has been within the headlines extra just lately, additionally as a result of there gave the impression to be a risk of a regional battle with its arch-enemy Israel. During Raisi's time period in workplace, the Islamic Republic deepened its financial and navy cooperation with China and Russia, and relations with the West cooled, amongst different issues due to the dispute over Iran's nuclear program. The West additionally accused the management in Tehran of great human rights violations. Nevertheless, only a few days in the past there have been once more studies of latest, oblique talks with the USA within the Gulf state of Oman.

Benjamin Weber, ARD Istanbul, tagesschau, 19.05.2024 21:04