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No Survivors Found at Crash Site of Helicopter Carrying Iran’s President

The officials had been missing for over 12 hours and search operations were hindered by blizzards and difficult terrain through the night.

New reports by Iranian state media say “no sign of life” was detected at the crash site of the helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

Rescuers on Monday found the helicopter that was carrying President Raisi, the country’s foreign minister and other officials that had apparently crashed in the mountainous northwest reaches of Iran the day before.

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The officials had been missing for over 12 hours and search operations were hindered by blizzards and difficult terrain through the night.

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As the Associated Press reports, the incident comes as Iran under Raisi and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei launched an unprecedented drone-and-missile attack on Israel last month.

On Sunday, Iranian state television did not report on any casualties or the condition of the president, but it urged the public to pray for the safety of Mr. Raisi and those who were traveling with him. The president’s official website also posted a message requesting prayers, and clerics at two of Iran’s major Shia shrines in Qum and Mashhad led public services.

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