Funeral for Iran's late president and others killed in crash underway in Tehran

A large-scale funeral is underway in Iran's capital Tehran for the country's late President Ebrahim Raisi and others who were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

The helicopter went down in Iran's northwestern province of East Azerbaijan. All eight people on board, including Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, were killed.

Funeral events began Wednesday morning in Tehran, with crowds gathering to mourn the dead.

At Tehran University in the city's center, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei prayed in front of the caskets.

Mourners dressed in black filled nearby streets. They held up photos and portraits of Raisi, and messages saying, "We will not forget you."

Top officers of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps attended the service alongside Ismail Haniyeh, a senior leader of the Islamic group Hamas, which is fighting Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip.

Iran's state-run TV reports that Haniyeh voiced appreciation for Raisi, saying he promised Iran would continue to support the resistance so that the goals of the Palestinian people would be realized.

Foreign dignitaries expected to attend funeral events include Iraq's prime minister, Turkey's foreign minister, China's vice premier and Russia's State Duma speaker.