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‘Death to Israel’ chants as Ayatollah leads huge funeral service for Iran ‘butcher’ president killed in chopper crash

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CROWDS led by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh chanted “death to Israel” before the funeral of Iran’s late president Ebrahim Raisi this morning.

Tehran residents were today urged by officials to attend the funeral of “the martyr of service”, as huge banners went up hailing the fallen.

A funeral ceremony is held in Tehran for the late Iranian president

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A funeral ceremony is held in Tehran for the late Iranian presidentCredit: Getty
A woman cries as Iranians gather at Valiasr Square in central Tehran to mourn Raisi

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A woman cries as Iranians gather at Valiasr Square in central Tehran to mourn RaisiCredit: Getty
Iranians hold portraits of Raisi as they mourn during funeral processions in Tehran

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Iranians hold portraits of Raisi as they mourn during funeral processions in TehranCredit: EPA

Iran, under Raisi’s leadership, has armed the savage militant group throughout its ongoing bloody war with Israel in the Gaza Strip.

Senior Hamas leader Haniyeh today told Iranians gathered ahead of the late president’s funeral of when he first met Raisi in Tehran.

He said: “I come in the name of the Palestinian people, in the name of the resistance factions of Gaza … to express our condolences.”

Recounting Raisi’s words, he added that the Muslim world “must fulfil their obligations to the Palestinians to liberate their land”.

He added: “I say once again… we are sure that the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue its support for the Palestinian people,” as he told the crowd to chant “death to Israel”.

Tens of thousands of Iranians filled the streets of Iran’s capital this morning to join the funeral processions of Raisi – and seven members of his entourage – who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

Mourners were seen clutching portraits of “The Butcher” Raisi in the centre of the city, in and near the University of Tehran, where Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei led prayers over coffins.

The caskets of the dead, including Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, were draped in Iranian flags and pictures of their faces and carried from the university to chants of “death to America”.

Top leaders of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard attended the funeral, as well as Hamas leader Haniyeh and the deputy leader of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, Naim Qassem.

Huge banners were strung up in the capital hailing the late president as “the martyr of service”, as others bid “farewell to the servant of the disadvantaged”.

Tehran residents had earlier received phone messages urging them to “attend the funeral of the martyr of service”.

From the university, the coffins are to be driven to the huge Enghelab Square in the city centre and then to Azadi Square, state media said.

The officials’ helicopter crashed on a fog-shrouded mountainside in northern Iran as the group travelled home after attending the inauguration of a dam project on Iran’s border with Azerbaijan.

Search and rescue personnel, aided by Turkey, Russia and the European Union, worked overnight in blizzard conditions to try and locate the missing helicopter and president.

State television announced Raisi’s death early on Monday.

The former president, 63, was widely expected to succeed 85-year-old Khamenei as supreme leader.

Funeral plans for The Butcher

OFFICIALS outlined the plan for a three-day funeral for Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi who was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

The funeral is being split into several stages, with the first ceremony starting yesterday.

Here is a breakdown of the elaborate funeral plans:

  1. The first ceremony began at 9.30am local time (7am UK time) on Tuesday in the northwestern city of Tabriz
  2. Raisi’s body was moved to the religious city of Qom
  3. A second procession began in Qom at 4.30pm local time (2pm UK time)
  4. The bodies of Raisi and others killed in the helicopter crash were taken to Tehran
  5. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei led congregational prayers during an official funeral ceremony
  6. Raisi’s body is set to be transferred to Birjand on Thursday morning
  7. The president’s body will be taken to Mashhad, his home city, where he will be buried in the shrine of the eighth Shia Imam Reza on Thursday evening
Tens of thousands of mourners fill the streets of Iran's capital

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Tens of thousands of mourners fill the streets of Iran’s capitalCredit: EPA

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