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Update: Funeral Ceremony For President Raisi Begins

Thousands of Iranians walked sombrely through the streets on Tuesday for the funeral procession of President Ebrahim Raisi and seven members of his entourage who were killed in a helicopter crash.


The body of Raisi will be taken from Tabriz to the Shiite pilgrimage city of Qom on Tuesday before being moved to the capital, Tehran.


Waving Iranian flags and portraits of the late president, the mourners set off from a central square in the northwestern city of Tabriz, where Raisi was headed when his helicopter crashed on Sunday.

Khamenei is scheduled to hold prayers at a farewell ceremony in Tehran on Tuesday night, with major processions planned to begin on Wednesday morning.

The body of Raisi will then be taken to Southern Khorasan province on Thursday morning before arriving in his hometown of Mashhad, where the burial is to take place on Thursday evening after funerary rites.

The fatal helicopter crash occurred after Raisi, 63, had attended the inauguration of a joint dam project on the Aras river in a ceremony with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev.

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