Iran’s president and foreign minister killed in helicopter crash

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Iran’s president and foreign minister killed in helicopter crash

President Raisi was known as the Butcher of Tehran for his role in sentencing thousands of political dissidents to death in the late 1980s

Ebrahim Raisi
Ebrahim Raisi

Iran’s president and foreign minister were declared dead by the country’s officials and media on Monday morning following a helicopter crash the previous day. 

Vice-president for cxecutive affairs Mohsen Mansouri confirmed that President Ebrahim Raeisi and foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian had died after the crash near the border between Azerbaijan and Iran on Sunday afternoon, leading to a major rescue operation in the dense area.

The crash was initially blamed on bad weather, but the investigation into its cause is ongoing.

Raisi and Amir-Abdollahian had visited Azerbaijan to inaugurate a dam with the country’s president, Ilham Aliyev. They were reportedly warned about the bad weather but decided to fly back to Tehran. The governor of East Azerbaijan province, Malek Rahmati, was also killed in the crash, along with two military officials and the pilots.

Iran will now hold new presidential elections within 50 days.

President Raisi was known as the Butcher of Tehran for his role in sentencing thousands of political dissidents to death in the late 1980s.

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: