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IRGC Commander Killed As Airstrike Hits Iranian Consulate In Syria

IRGC Commander Killed As Airstrike Hits Iranian Consulate In Syria
Israel hit the Iranian consulate building in Damascus, the capital of Syria, on Monday, killing no fewer than eight persons.

Gatekeepers News quotes a report by Iran Press which stated that those killed include Mohammad Reza Zahedi, a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander.

SANA, Syria’s official news agency, said the strikes were carried out by “the Israeli enemy” and targeted the Mezzeh neighbourhood in Damascus on Monday afternoon.

“The Israeli aggression caused major destruction to the building, in addition to damage to neighboring buildings,” SANA reported.

Israel did not confirm the accusations, saying: “We do not comment on reports in the foreign media”.

Reports say two Iranian advisers and five members of the revolutionary guards were among those killed in the strike.

Faisal al-Mikdad, Syrian foreign minister, condemned the air strike and said it was a violation of the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations.

“We strongly condemn this heinous terrorist attack that targeted the Iranian consulate building in Damascus killing several innocent people,” al-Mikdad said.

He added that the attack will not affect ties between the two allies.

The Syrian air defence had reportedly repelled some of the Israeli aggression’s missiles before the fatal strike.

Pictures shared on social media showed smoke rising from the rubble of a building that had been flattened, and emergency vehicles parked outside.

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