VIDEO | Thousands of people in Iran attended the first of several funeral ceremonies for President Raisi

Funeral of Raisi / Photo EPA-EFE/STRINGER

The first of several planned funerals for President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdolakhian and other victims of Sunday's helicopter crash began in Iran.

Thousands of supporters gathered for a ceremony in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz to say goodbye to the victims, state media reported. Tabriz is the capital of the Iranian province of East Azerbaijan, where the accident happened.

Videos shared by Iranian news agencies showed crowds of people under cloudy skies and an open truck carrying corpses decorated with flowers moving slowly through the streets.

A crowd crowded around the truck as people tried to place their hands on the coffin of Raisi and the other victims. According to the Tasnim news agency, Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi was also in the crowd. Additional mourning ceremonies are planned at the religious center and pilgrimage site of Qom, as well as in the capital, Tehran.

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