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'No Signs of Life': Iranian President Killed in Helicopter Crash

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian were killed on Sunday, May 19, when a helicopter carrying them crashed. An Iranian semi-official broadcaster reported that the President was on board the helicopter when it was involved in an accident in the East Azerbaijan province in northwest Iran.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that intelligence authorities have informed him that there is “no evidence of foul play” in the crash of Raisi’s helicopter.“It was very bad, foggy weather, northwest Iran where the copter crashed. So it looks like an accident, but it’s still being fully investigated,” Schumer said.

On Monday morning, an Iranian official told British media that President Raisi and Foreign Minister Abdullahian were killed in the helicopter crash, which had left the helicopter completely burned.

A little later, Iranian state media confirmed that President Raisi is dead, explaining that he was on his way back from the opening ceremony of the Qiz Qalasi Dam to Tabriz city, in Warzaghan region of the East Azerbaijan province, together with all his companions. The report added: “Local sources who are currently present at the scene of the helicopter carrying the president confirmed the martyrdom of the president and his companions.”

The Hamas terror organization also released an official statement on the death of President Raisi and Foreign Minister Abdullahian: “Most sincere condolences and sympathies … These martyrs were a collection of Iran's best leaders who had honorable positions in supporting the Palestinian issue, helping the struggle of our nation, and supporting the Palestinian resistance.”

The acting president of Iran, according to the Iranian Constitution, is now Mohammad Mokhber, Iran's first vice president. (INN / VFI News)

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