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Iran announces investigation into cause of president's helicopter crash

2024-05-21 09:52 Last Updated At:16:17

The Iranian government on Monday announced the investigation into the cause of the helicopter crash that killed Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

On Monday, Iranian rescue teams found the wreckage of a helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a mountain area of northwest Iran's East Azerbaijan Province. And then Iranian officials announced that President Raisi and the country's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian were all dead in the helicopter crash.

On Monday afternoon, a large number of people gathered in the capital city Tehran, mourning the tragic deaths of Raisi, Amir-Abdollahian, Governor of East Azarbaijan Province Malek Rahmati and Iran's supreme leader's representative to East Azerbaijan Mohammad Ali Ale-Hashem.

Iran's Securities and Exchange Organization (SEO) has halted its activities on Monday and all cultural and entertainment events were suspended in silent homage to the president's death.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei expressed condolences to the families of victims in the helicopter crash and announced that Iran will hold five days of public mourning.

Khamenei on Monday appointed the country's First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber as interim president. The presidential election is set to be held on June 28.

In addition, with the approval of the government cabinet, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Ali Bagheri Kani was appointed as acting foreign minister.

The president's body would be transferred to his birthplace Mashhad, where his funeral will be held on Thursday.

Iran announces investigation into cause of president's helicopter crash

Iran announces investigation into cause of president's helicopter crash

Iran announces investigation into cause of president's helicopter crash

Iran announces investigation into cause of president's helicopter crash

China's railways carried a total of 337 million tons of freight in May this year, up 2.8 percent year on year, with demand for coal-driven electricity as a driving force behind the movement.

The month saw nearly 71 million tons of freight transported by containers, up 20 percent year on year, according to statistics from China Railway.

According to China Railway, demand for electricity as summer approaches is keeping the railway system at high capacity. To support coal transportation of coal within the country and the export of Xinjiang coal, the average daily loading of coal on railways nationwide remained above 80,000 wagons and 55,000 wagons, respectively.

In international freight transport, China sent a total of 1,724 freight trains to Europe in May, sending 186,000 twenty-foot equivalent units of cargo, up 14 percent and 13 percent respectively year on year, setting a record for transport volume in a single month.

The China-Laos Railway carried 473,000 tons of cargo across the border in the month, up 16.2 percent year-on-year, along with a surge in fruit and vegetables transported to and from Southeast Asia.

China continues to promote its campaign to shift road freight to rail. Ports across the country are improving ship-to-train transshipment solutions with an average of 33,600 wagons transshipped per day, up 15.4 percent year-on-year.

China's freight trains carry 337 million tons in May, with container traffic grows quickly

China's freight trains carry 337 million tons in May, with container traffic grows quickly

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