May 20, 2024

Hamas mourns Iranian president, others

Iran's president, foreign minister, 7 others killed in helicopter crash

The Islamist Palestinian movement Hamas has expressed sadness over the helicopter crash that killed the Iranian president and his foreign minister and others.

The movement said in a statement on Monday that “we express our shared feelings of sadness and pain with the brotherly Iranian people, and our complete solidarity with the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Hamas praised what it described as “honourable positions in support of our Palestinian cause, and the support of the legitimate struggle of our people against the Zionist entity.”

It commended Iran’s political and diplomatic efforts “to stop the Zionist aggression against our Palestinian people in Gaza.”

Iran is a main supporter of Hamas.

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash at age 63.

The country’s foreign minister and seven others also died after the crash in a remote,
mountainous area of Iran’s northwest.