Helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi crashes in mountains

08:34 PM | 19 May, 2024
Iranian president
Source: File photo

A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister crashed on Sunday while navigating mountain terrain in heavy fog, an Iranian official told Reuters. Rescuers are currently struggling to reach the crash site.

Among those on board the helicopter were Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, Governor of East Azarbaijan Province Malek Rahmati, and Tabriz Friday prayer leader Hojjatoleslam Al Hashem.

The official indicated that the lives of President Raisi and Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian were "at risk" following the crash, which occurred during their return from a visit to the Azerbaijan border in Iran's northwest.

"We are still hopeful, but the information coming from the crash site is very concerning," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported that bad weather caused the crash and is complicating rescue efforts. Iran's army chief of staff has ordered all available resources, including those of the elite Revolutionary Guard, to be mobilized for the search and rescue operations.

"It is dark and has started raining, making the search more difficult," a local reporter told state-run TV. "Rescue teams have reached the area, but the rain has created mud, complicating the search."

The state-run TV had earlier interrupted its regular programming to broadcast prayers for Raisi across the country and provided live coverage of the rescue teams deployed on foot in the foggy mountainous area.

Rescue teams are expected to reach the probable crash site later on Sunday evening.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 25 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 25, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 293.5 and selling rate is 297.2 while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 351.45 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.05 and Saudi Riyal at 72.95.

Currency Rates in Pakistan

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.65
Euro EUR 293.5 297.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 351.45
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.05 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.95 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 182.2 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.58 748.58
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 39.91 40.31
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.67 36.02
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.74 916.74
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.07 59.67
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.38 172.38
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.38 26.68
Omani Riyal OMR 723.26 731.26
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.5 77.2
Singapore Dollar SGD 72.95 73.85
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 311.53 314.03
Thai Bhat THB 7.58 7.73


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