Israel claims it is not involved in the death of the Iranian president

Israel and Iran flags / Photo: Zoonar GmbH / Alamy / Alamy / Profimedia

Israel is in no way involved in the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, an Israeli official told the Reuters news agency.

"It wasn't us," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

At the moment, everything indicates that the helicopter crashed due to bad weather conditions and poor visibility, adds Reuters and explains: Iran and Israel are longtime enemies, and Israel strongly opposes the development of Tehran's nuclear program.

Iran has, to varying degrees, supported, funded, and trained several groups across the Middle East region, including Hamas in Gaza, the Houthis in Yemen, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and numerous other factions based in Syria and Iraq.

Israel rarely officially comments on its activities outside its borders, which in recent months have included attacks in Lebanon, Syria and Iran.

In April, Iran launched a direct attack on Israel, authorized by Raisi, which it said was in retaliation for what it believed was an Israeli attack on an Iranian diplomatic compound in the Syrian capital Damascus on April 1 that killed a senior official in the Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and eight other officers.

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