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Iranian Embassy Bombed In Syria By An Israeli Airstrike: Top Iranian Commander Among The Dead!

An Israeli airstrike destroyed the Iranian consulate located in the capital of Syria on Monday at around 5 pm. Former IRGC commander Mohammed Reza Zahedi and his deputy, Mohammad Hadi Haji Rahimi, are among the dead. This has been the most significant attack on Iran after the condemnation of Quassem Sulaimani in 2020.

The Iranian Embassy was exactly beside the consulate, along with the ambassador's house. According to IRGC’s statement, eight Iranians, two Syrians, and one Lebanese soldier died during the attack. The victims include two most high-profile Iranian Brig-Generals, Mohammaed Reza Zahedi, commander of IRGC (Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corp), and his senior deputy, Mohammad Hadi Haji Rahimi.

Iran and Syria have condemned the attack, calling it a “flagrant violation of international law.”

Iranian Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Mr. Nasser Kanaani, said that Iran reserves the right to take reciprocal measures and will decide the type of response and punishment against the aggressor.

Tehran-backed military group from Lebanon, Hezbollah, announced that the attack would be met with punishment and revenge. Top Iranian diplomats wrote in X that the United States should be answerable. 

However, the United States cleared its stance by acknowledging the bombed building to be a consulate, which shouldn't have been targeted. Earlier, a spokesperson for the White House National Security Council said in an official statement that the United States was not aware of the attack beforehand. 

When asked to comment on the airstrike, Israel's defense forces spokesperson stated, “According to our intelligence, this is no consulate, and this is no embassy. I repeat, there is no consulate or embassy. This is a military building of Quds forces disguised as a civilian building in Damascus.”

Israeli military spokesperson denied passing any other statement regarding the attack, except, “We do not comment on reports in the foreign media.”

Since the attack on Israel by Iran-backed Palestinian military group Hamas on Oct 7, Israel has been looking for ways to condemn Iran. But none of its prior attacks come close to its bombing of a consulate building this Monday. Iran has promised to retaliate, escalating the tension in the Middle East even more.

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