Israeli military planes attacked the Iranian consulate in Damascus, Syria, on Monday, resulting in the death of Mohammad Reza Zahedi, a senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, as reported by Iranian state media. The incident also resulted in at least six additional deaths and injuries, according to Syrian state media sources.

Iran’s government named Israel as responsible for the attack, with statements from Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian citing a violation of international conventions.

The communication took place in a telephone conversation with his Syrian counterpart, evidencing a perception that the attack was specifically targeting Reza Zahedi.

Israel, through a military spokesman, chose not to comment on the allegations reported in foreign media.

However, The New York Times reported that four Israeli officials, who preferred to remain anonymous, confirmed the execution of the attack, but not Zahedi’s death.

Iran’s response to the attack was promised to be severe by the Iranian ambassador to Syria, Hossein Akbari, who was unharmed. This event takes place in a context of increasing tensions, marked by Iranian support for Hamas and Israeli actions against associated targets in Syria.

The attack in Damascus adds to other recent ones, including actions against Hezbollah, signaling an escalation in hostilities in the region.

The Israeli government highlighted the elimination of Ali Abed Akhsan Naim, a senior Hezbollah commander, as part of its operations against Iranian-backed military threats.


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