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Russia warns Israel over strike on Damascus

Russia warns Israel over strike on Damascus

Moscow on Monday accused Israel of carrying out an “unacceptable” attack on a diplomatic building in Syria, after airstrikes destroyed the Iranian embassy’s consular annex in Damascus.

“On the evening of April 1, the Israeli Air Force struck the Iranian consulate building in Damascus,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

“We strongly condemn this unacceptable attack against the Iranian consular mission in Syria.”

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Israel did not comment on the reported attack. Syrian and Iranian officials have also accused Israel of staging the strikes.

Moscow said that any attacks on a diplomatic building were “unacceptable”.

“We call on the Israeli leadership to stop provocative acts of armed violence against the territory of Syria and neighbouring countries,” the ministry said.

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A top Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander was among eight people reported to have been killed in the strikes amid worsening regional tensions.

Iranian officials vowed a stiff response with fears of even further violence between Israel and Iran’s allies triggered by the Gaza war.

Desructions

The Israeli airstrike on Iran’s consulate in Syria resulted in the destruction of the consular section of Iran’s embassy in Damascus. Iranian officials reported that two Iranian generals and five officers were killed in the attack. The strike marked an escalation in Israel’s targeting of military officials from Iran, which supports militant groups involved in conflicts with Israel.

Escalation of tensions

The conflict between Israel and Iran-backed groups has intensified, particularly following clashes between Israel and Hezbollah militants based in Lebanon. Hamas, supported by Iran, has also been involved in hostilities against Israel. The recent drone attack by Iran against a naval base in southern Israel further heightened tensions.

Casualties and condemnations

Among those killed in the airstrike were Gen. Mohammad Reza Zahedi and Gen Mohammad Hadi Hajriahimi, along with other officers. Hezbollah member Hussein Youssef was also reported to have died in the attack. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed casualties among Syrians as well. Both Iranian and Syrian officials condemned Israel for the strike.

Threats of retaliation

Iran vowed to retaliate for the attack on its consulate, with experts predicting a strong response from Iran. The strike was viewed as a significant escalation by analysts familiar with the situation in Syria and the Middle East.

Reactions and Consequences

Hezbollah offered condolences to Iran and warned of repercussions for Israel’s actions. The ongoing conflict involving various factions supported by Iran has raised concerns about a broader regional war. The targeting of Iranian-linked targets by Israel has been a recurring theme, aimed at disrupting arms transfers and cooperation with Hezbollah.

Iranian Response

Iranian protesters gathered to denounce the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Syria, displaying posters of late Gen. Qassem Soleimani who was killed earlier. Tehran has vowed a response to the strike attributed to Israel, indicating a potential escalation of hostilities.

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