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Iranians Gather at President Raisi’s Funeral Procession

May 21, 2024
1 min read
Iranians gathered in the northwestern city of Tabriz on Tuesday to mourn during the funeral procession of President Ebrahim Raisi, who died in a helicopter crash in the nearby mountains on Sunday
Iranians gathered in the northwestern city of Tabriz on Tuesday to mourn during the funeral procession of President Ebrahim Raisi, who died in a helicopter crash in the nearby mountains on Sunday

Iranians gathered in the northwestern city of Tabriz on Tuesday to mourn during the funeral procession of President Ebrahim Raisi, who died in a helicopter crash in the nearby mountains on Sunday.

The president’s body will tour the country in the coming days. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, also announced a five-day mourning period.

A hardliner, Raisi had been in office since 2021, a period marked by mass protests against the repression of women in Iran.

Iran has announced an inquiry into the causes of the crash. 

Speculation within the Islamic Republic points to potential sabotage and a technical failure possibly linked to Western sanctions.

Iran’s former foreign minister has blamed the fatal helicopter crash on US sanctions on aviation parts.

Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that these punitive measures had hindered Tehran’s access to modern aircraft and prevented necessary repairs to its aging fleet of American-made aircraft.

“One of the culprits behind yesterday’s tragedy is the United States, because of its sanctions that bar Iran from procuring essential aviation parts,” Zarif said in an interview with state television.

“These will be recorded in the list of US crimes against the Iranian people,” the former foreign minister added.

The helicopter carrying President Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian on the fatal flight was a US-made Bell 212, likely over 40 years old.

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