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Israel suspected of lethal airstrike on Iranian embassy in Syria – Nationwide

Israel suspected of lethal airstrike on Iranian embassy in Syria – Nationwide


Suspected Israeli warplanes bombed Iran’s embassy in Syria on Monday, a marked escalation in a warfare pitting Israel towards its regional adversaries, and Tehran stated the strike killed seven army advisers together with three senior commanders.

Reuters reporters on the website within the Mezzeh district of Damascus noticed emergency staff clambering atop rubble of a destroyed constructing contained in the diplomatic compound, adjoining to the primary embassy constructing. Emergency autos had been parked outdoors. An Iranian flag hung from a pole by the particles.

The Syrian international minister and inside minister had been each noticed on the scene. “We strongly condemn this atrocious terrorist assault that focused the Iranian consulate constructing in Damascus and killed plenty of innocents,” Syria’s International Minister Faisal Mekdad stated.

Israel has lengthy focused army installations of its arch enemy Iran and people of its proxies in Syria, and has ramped up these strikes in parallel with its marketing campaign towards Iran-backed Palestinian group Hamas within the Gaza Strip. Monday’s assault was the primary time Israel hit the huge embassy compound itself.

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Israel sometimes doesn’t talk about assaults by its forces on Syria. Requested concerning the strike, an Israeli army spokesperson stated: “We don’t touch upon reviews within the international media.”

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Iran’s ambassador to Syria, Hossein Akbari, who was not injured, instructed Iranian state TV that 5 to seven individuals, together with some diplomats, had been killed and that Tehran’s response can be “harsh.”

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps stated in an announcement that seven army advisers died within the strike together with Mohammad Reza Zahedi, a senior commander in Iran’s elite Quds Power, an abroad arm of the corps.

Iranian state media stated that Tehran believed Zahedi was the goal of the assault. His deputy and one other senior commander had been additionally killed together with 4 others.

Iran’s Arabic Language Al Alam Tv stated that Zahedi was a army adviser in Syria who served as the pinnacle of the Quds Power in Lebanon and Syria till 2016.

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Constructing partly used as ambassador’s residence

Citing a army supply, Syrian state media stated Israel launched an assault from the occupied Golan Heights onto the Iranian embassy, and that Syria shot down some missiles with its air protection system.

The Iranian ambassador stated the strike hit a consular constructing inside the embassy compound and his residence was on the highest two flooring.

Emergency providers work at a destroyed constructing hit by an air strike in Damascus, Syria, Monday, April 1, 2024. An Israeli airstrike has destroyed the consular part of Iran’s embassy in Damascus, killing or wounding everybody inside, Syrian state media stated Monday. (AP Picture/Omar Sanadiki).

The White Home didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. State Division spokesperson Matthew Miller instructed reporters at an everyday information briefing that the US remained “involved about something that may be escalatory or trigger a rise in battle within the area.”

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Miller stated he didn’t count on it to influence talks on liberating Israeli hostages held by Iran-backed Hamas.

Since Hamas’ assault on Israel on Oct. 7, which precipitated the warfare in Gaza, Israel has escalated airstrikes in Syria towards each Iran’s Guards and the Tehran-backed Lebanese armed group Hezbollah, each of which assist the federal government of President Bashar al-Assad.

On Friday, Israel carried out its deadliest strikes in months on northern Syria’s Aleppo province and killed a senior Hezbollah fighter in Lebanon. It has additionally often struck the airports in Aleppo and Damascus in an try to halt Iran’s weapons transfers to its proxies.

The Israeli army stated on Monday it had stopped superior weapons, together with shrapnel costs and anti-tank mines, from being smuggled into the West Financial institution from Iran.

It stated the weapons had been uncovered throughout an operation towards a Lebanese-based operative of Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which it stated was recruiting brokers to smuggle weapons and perform assaults within the West Financial institution.

The chief spokesman for Israel’s military, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, stated late Monday {that a} drone assault on a naval base in southern Israel early Monday was “directed by Iran.” There have been no accidents and solely minor injury to a constructing, the military stated.

—With further information from the Related Press



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