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Iran Buries President Raisi in His Hometown

Iran’s president was laid to rest in his hometown on Thursday, capping days of funeral observances after his death in a helicopter crash left the country without one of its highest-profile leaders.

The deceased president, Ebrahim Raisi, was buried at the Imam Reza shrine in the northeastern city of Mashhad, one of the holiest sites of Shiite Islam. Large crowds gathered under the shrine’s gilded dome.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, announced five days of mourning after Mr. Raisi, 63, and the country’s foreign minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, 60, died along with five others when their helicopter plunged into a mountainous area near the Iranian city of Jolfa on Sunday.

Ayatollah Khamenei led funeral prayers on Wednesday for Mr. Raisi and the other victims of the crash before the coffins were driven through the packed streets of Tehran in a large-scale procession. An array of foreign dignitaries came to pay their respects, as did the leaders of two Iran-backed militant groups, Hamas and Hezbollah.


Last modified: 24 May 2024