Monday in Damascus, Syria, an airstrike damaged a building that is being attended to by emergency services. According to Iranian and Syrian reports, two Iranian generals were among those murdered when Iran’s consulate in Damascus was destroyed.
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AMMAN, Jordan — Iran said on Monday that an airstrike by Israel on the Iranian consulate in the Syrian capital of Damascus resulted in the deaths of two of its generals and numerous other people.

According to Iranian state media, the structure was nearly completely destroyed by Israeli F-35 rockets, which also claimed the lives of at least seven members of the Quds Force, the elite overseas wing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The Iranian embassy annexed was completely destroyed, according to Syrian official media.

Israel has not yet responded to the airstrike, but according to Israeli media, Israel has put several embassies on high alert worldwide after Iran openly accused Israel and threatened to retaliate.

Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Zahedi was the top military advisor killed in Monday’s airstrike, according to Iranian media. Five other people were also murdered in the explosion, including with his deputy, a commander in the IRGC.

Zahedi would have been the highest ranking Iranian commander to be killed since the start of the Gaza War. He served as Iran’s principal point of contact with Hezbollah, an armed group based in Lebanon that receives funding from Tehran and has been battling Israel across the Lebanese-Israeli border.

Throughout the majority of the 1980s, Zahedi, who was in his 60s, commanded the elite Iranian military throughout the conflict between Iran and Iraq. Iran said that he went on to serve as the air force and ground commander for the IRGC.

The incident on Monday, according to Nasser Kanaani, the spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry, was a “gross violation of international conventions,” which safeguard diplomatic missions. Iran will take “necessary action” to stop the strike, he threatened.

Iranian state news agency IRNA said that Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian called Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad and informed him that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “had completely lost his mental balance due to repeated defeats of the regime in Gaza.”

Since Hamas, a Palestinian militant organization with significant Iranian assistance, attacked Israel in October, Israel has been conducting a military incursion in the Gaza Strip. According to Israel, 1,200 people died in the attack on October 7.

In retaliation for that act, Israel invaded Gaza, killing around 32,000 Palestinians, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

Israel has increased its airstrikes against Iranian and Hezbollah sites in Syria since the beginning of the Gaza War.

It’s one of the developments that many nations have worried could turn the Gaza War into something more serious.

Iran claimed at the outset of the Gaza War that it was unaware of the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7. It does, in fact, oversee, arm, and support a network of armed organizations in the area.

Despite the fact that Hamas is a Sunni organization and Iran is a Shia Muslim nation, the two have formed relationships and are thought to work together on Iranian proxy strikes against Israeli targets.

Hezbollah, an associated militia of Iran, is the most potent force in Lebanon. Since the beginning of the conflict, the group has fought Israel across their shared borders in an effort to draw Israeli military attention away from the Gaza War.

Thus yet, both Iran and Hezbollah have shown reluctance to initiate a full-scale offensive.

conflict over that border with Israel. However, one possible form of retribution would be more Hezbollah strikes.

Iran also provides backing to many Iraqi militia groups that have targeted American forces stationed in the area since the beginning of the Gaza War. In January, one such organization struck a tiny facility in Jordan near the Syrian border, killing three American service members.

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