Iran threatens retaliation against Israel after airstrike on consulate in Syria that killed 11 | Abroad

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UpdateTehran considers the attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus a “violation of international conventions”. Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian holds Israel responsible for the airstrike that killed eleven people and calls on the international community to take a “serious response” after “such criminal actions.”

The consulate, an annex of the Iranian embassy, ​​has been razed to the ground, according to Syrian and Iranian media. Eleven people are said to have died. This was reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

The dead are “eight Iranians, two Syrians and a Lebanese, all combatants, not civilians,” the SOHR director said. The organization is based in the United Kingdom, but has a large network of informants in Syria.

The dead also included two leaders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the Revolutionary Guard Corps itself reported. Earlier, security sources spoke of the death of one commander.

In a press release, the Guard confirmed that two senior members, Mohammad Reza Zahedi and Mohammad Hadi Haji Rahimi, were killed. Iran’s Ideological Army strongly condemned the attack.

Several Iranian military officials have been attacked in Syria in the past. At the end of December, an important general of the Quds Brigade was also killed by a rocket attack in the south of Damascus. Monday’s attack was the fifth in Syria in a week.

Right to retaliation

A spokesman for the Syrian Foreign Ministry said Tehran reserves the right to respond after the Israeli attack and that it has yet to be decided how this will be done.

The Iranian ambassador to Syria also says that Israel can expect reprisals. The building “was attacked by F-35 fighter planes and six missiles (…) This action will receive a decisive response from our side,” the diplomat told journalists.

In Tehran, people took to the streets in protest on Monday evening. American and Israeli flags were burned.

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Iranians burn American and Israeli flags at a pro-Palestinian demonstration in the capital Tehran. (01/04/24) © AFP

Israel has not yet responded to the accusations from Iran. Tel Aviv has carried out hundreds of attacks against government targets, pro-Iranian groups such as Hezbollah and military targets since the start of Syria’s civil war in 2011. Since the start of the Gaza war against Hamas, an ally of Hezbollah and Iran, Israel has increased the number of attacks. Tehran supports the government of Syrian President Bashar al Assad and the Palestinian terrorist movement Hamas.

Several Iranian military officials have been attacked in Syria in the past. At the end of December, an important general of the Quds Brigade was also killed by a rocket attack in the south of Damascus. Monday’s attack was the fifth in Syria in a week.

Russia calls the attack “unacceptable” and says Israel is responsible. The Kremlin calls on Israel to stop carrying out attacks on Syrian territory. Like Iran, Russia is an ally of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

The new exploits raise fears of a further escalation of violence in the region.



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The consulate was almost completely razed to the ground. © ANP / EPA


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