Iran Vows Retaliation Following Israeli Strike on Iranian Embassy in Damascus

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Iran has vowed a decisive response after accusing Israel of carrying out an airstrike on its embassy complex in Damascus, Syria, in a significant escalation of tensions in the Middle East. The attack, which occurred yesterday, April 1, resulted in the destruction of the Iranian consulate building and claimed the lives of at least seven officials, including two Iranian generals and five officers, commanders of Iran’s elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

Among the casualties were Mohammed Reza Zahedi, a top commander in the Revolutionary Guards, and senior commander Mohammad Hadi Haji Rahimi, as reported by Iran’s Foreign Ministry. The strike also resulted in the deaths of at least six Syrian citizens, according to Iranian state television.

The attack marks a notable departure from previous Israeli strikes, which primarily targeted Iranian proxies and military installations in Syria. The consulate building, situated in the heart of Damascus, is considered sovereign Iranian territory, making it a singular target for such an assault.

Iran has swiftly condemned Israel for the attack, with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei promising punishment for the perpetrators. President Ebrahim Raisi echoed these sentiments, stating that the attack would not go unanswered.

While Israel has refrained from commenting on the strike, the Israeli military has indicated that the target was a “military building of Quds forces” — a unit of the IRGC responsible for foreign operations. An Israeli spokesman added that “[Iran] is the main actor that makes atrocities in this region using the proxies in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen.” Nonetheless, Iranian officials maintain that the strike targeted their consulate building.

The attack has prompted widespread condemnation from regional and international actors. Iran has accused the US of complicity due to its support for Israel, further straining relations between Tehran and Washington.

In response to the attack, Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Lebanese militant group, has vowed retaliation, emphasizing that the strike will not go unpunished. The incident has raised concerns of escalating violence in the region, with analysts warning of potential repercussions on US troops stationed in the Middle East.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for restraint, cautioning against any actions that could lead to a broader conflict with devastating consequences. As tensions continue to mount, the international community faces the challenge of de-escalating the situation and preventing further violence in the volatile region.


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