Iranian consulate in Damascus flattened in suspected Israeli air strike

 Iranian consulate in Damascus flattened in suspected Israeli air strike

The Iranian consulate in Damascus, Syria, was destroyed on Monday in what Syrian and Iranian media described as an airstrike carried out by Israel. This incident marks a significant escalation of conflict in the Middle East, potentially setting Israel against Iran and its allies.

According to a Lebanese security source speaking to Reuters, one of the casualties was Mohammad Reza Zahedi, a senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). Iranian state television reported that several Iranian diplomats were also among the dead.

Reporters from Reuters observed smoke rising from the rubble of a flattened building in the Mezzeh district of Damascus. Emergency vehicles were seen outside the site, with an Iranian flag hanging from a pole amidst the debris. Both the Syrian and Iranian foreign ministers were present at the scene.

Israel, known for its previous strikes on Iranian targets, refrained from commenting on the incident, maintaining its standard practice of neither confirming nor denying such reports. An Israeli military spokesperson stated, “We do not comment on reports in the foreign media.”

According to Iran’s Tasnim news agency, the strike resulted in the deaths of five individuals. Syria’s SANA state news agency reported casualties without specifying numbers.

Following an attack by the Iranian-backed Palestinian faction Hamas on Israel in October, Israel has increased airstrikes in Syria targeting Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Iran’s Guards, both of which support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

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