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Iranian leader’s helicopter makes ‘hard landing’ and rescuers are dispatched – POLITICO

Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi told local media that “rescue groups are heading towards the area, but due to fog and bad weather, it might take some time to reach the accident scene.” .

Senior Iranian officials met to discuss the “accident,” Islamic Republic spokesman Ali Bahadri Jahormi said in a statement. Executive Vice President Mohammad Mokhber left Tehran for the northwestern city of Tabriz, closer to the crash site, he added.

Speaking to Reuters, an unnamed Iranian official said the lives of Raisi and Abdollahian could be in danger. “We are still hopeful, but the information coming from the accident site is very worrying,” the official said. Pro-government media outlet Fars appealed to Iranians to pray for the president’s safety.

Further details have not yet been released and local media have published a series of conflicting statements. Iran’s IRIB news agency reported that fears are growing over the seriousness of the incident and the high risk of injuries.

Raisi, 63, was returning to Iran after a state visit to Azerbaijan where he met President Ilham Aliyev. The two men cut the ribbon on a major dam along their shared border.

A hardliner and former head of the judiciary, Raisi has been seen by analysts as a potential successor to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, 85, as supreme leader.


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Aimant les mots, Sara Smith a commencé à écrire dès son plus jeune âge. En tant qu'éditeur en chef de son journal scolaire, il met en valeur ses compétences en racontant des récits impactants. Smith a ensuite étudié le journalisme à l'université Columbia, où il est diplômé en tête de sa classe.Après avoir étudié au New York Times, Sara décroche un poste de journaliste de nouvelles. Depuis dix ans, il a couvert des événements majeurs tels que les élections présidentielles et les catastrophes naturelles. Il a été acclamé pour sa capacité à créer des récits captivants qui capturent l'expérience humaine.
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