Raid blamed on Israel destroys Iranian consulate in Damascus, 7 Revolutionary Guards killed | EUROtoday

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Lhe danger of conflagration threatens greater than ever. A raid blamed on Israel focused the consular part of the Iranian embassy in Damascus on Monday, killing eleven folks together with seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards, in a tense regional context in opposition to a backdrop of warfare within the Gaza Strip. Tehran has promised to retaliate for this unprecedented raid on an Iranian diplomatic constructing in Syria, the place Iran and its allies help the facility of Bashar al-Assad.

What occurred ?

“The Israeli enemy launched airstrikes from the occupied Syrian Golan, targeting the Iranian consulate in Damascus,” the Syrian Defense Ministry stated. According to Tehran, the constructing was hit by “six missiles fired by F-35 fighters”.

READ ALSO “A direct attack on Iran would bring Hezbollah into the war”An AFP journalist famous that the consular part, adjoining to the Iranian embassy within the Mazzeh district of Damascus and which homes quite a few embassies and United Nations buildings, had been utterly destroyed. The home windows of buildings as much as 500 meters away have been damaged and a lot of vehicles broken. “All those inside were killed or injured,” the ministry continued.

Who are the victims ?

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), an NGO based mostly within the United Kingdom however which has an enormous community of sources within the nation, reported eleven deaths in complete: “eight Iranians, two Syrians and one Lebanese, all combatants, no civilians.”

The Revolutionary Guard Corps, the ideological military of the Islamic Republic of Iran, introduced that seven of its members, together with two commanders, have been killed within the raid. In an announcement, the Revolutionary Guards confirmed that two senior officers of the Quds Force, Mohammad Reza Zahedi and Mohammad Hadi Haji Rahimi, have been among the many victims. The Quds Force is the elite unit of the Guardians which intervenes past borders.

What does Israel say?

Asked Monday night about this raid throughout a press convention, the spokesperson for the Israeli military, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, replied that he “does not comment on information from the foreign press”.

How did Iran react?

Tehran promised to supply “a decisive response” to this assault. The Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, for his half, known as on “the international community” to supply “a serious response” to the Israeli strikes.

And Hamas?

By condemning the “Zionist terrorist aggression”, the Palestinian Islamist motion Hamas denounced a “flagrant violation of international law” and a “dangerous escalation”.

How is Moscow positioned?

Russian diplomacy described the assault as “unacceptable”, accusing the Israeli military of being accountable and warning of “extremely dangerous consequences” for the area.

What influence within the area?

Israel has carried out a whole bunch of strikes in neighboring Syria in opposition to Syrian energy positions, pro-Iranian teams, resembling Lebanese Hezbollah, and Iranian navy targets for the reason that begin of the warfare in that nation in 2011. Monday's raid is the fifth to focus on Syria in eight days. At the tip of December, Brigadier General Razi Mousavi, a key commander of the Quds Force, was killed in a missile strike south of Damascus.

READ ALSO EXCLUSIVE. “We, Hezbollah, do not want open war with Israel, but we are ready”Since the beginning of the warfare between Israel and Hamas within the Gaza Strip, fears have been rising that the battle will take a regional flip, with Iran's allies in Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen and the remainder of the area having mobilized in favor of Hamas.