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Iran holds funerals for Guards killed in alleged Israeli strike

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Women collect across the flag-draped coffins of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard members who have been killed in an air strike in Syria, throughout their funeral ceremony in Tehran, Iran.
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Hundreds of mourners gathered on January 22 in Tehran for the funerals of Revolutionary Guards killed in Syria, in what Iran referred to as an Israeli strike.

It was the newest incident including to regional tensions and fears of wider conflagration through the Israel-Hamas warfare in Gaza.

The strike in Damascus on Saturday killed 5 members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the army drive stated. Iranian media later reported the victims included the group’s intelligence chief for Syria, and his deputy.

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Mourners carried aloft coffins bearing among the victims, draped in colors of the Iranian flag, earlier than a stage bearing photos of IRGC General Qassem Soleimani who was killed three years in the past by the United States.

A funeral dirge sounded.

State media reported that funeral processions have been deliberate for 3 of the 5 IRGC members killed.

Asked in regards to the strike, Israel’s army stated it doesn’t remark “on reports from the foreign media.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights warfare monitor reported on the time that the strike hit the Damascus neighbourhood of Mazzeh the place leaders from the IRGC and pro-Iranian Palestinian factions dwell.

A complete of 13 individuals have been killed, added the British-based monitor which has a community of sources in Syria.

The strike got here 4 days after the IRGC stated it hit an Israeli “intelligence headquarters” in Arbil, the capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan area.

Baghdad stated the missiles struck a businessman’s household residence.

Iran additionally hit alleged Islamic State group targets in Iraq’s western neighbour Syria.

In an announcement carried by Iran’s official IRNA information company, the IRGC stated its Iraq strike was “in response to the recent vicious actions of the Zionist regime (Israel) which martyred the commanders of the Revolutionary Guards and the resistance front.”

Last month, a strike in Syria killed Razi Moussavi, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ overseas operations arm, the Quds Force. Moussavi was probably the most senior Quds Force commander to be killed outdoors Iran in 4 years.

Iranian state media blamed an Israeli missile strike.

In early January a strike within the southern Beirut stronghold of Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah motion killed the Hamas deputy chief, Saleh al-Aruri. A U.S. defence official has advised AFP that Israel carried out that strike.

Days later, a strike in southern Lebanon killed Wissam Tawil, the highest-ranking Hezbollah member to be killed for the reason that warfare started between Israel and Iran-backed Hamas. Hezbollah blamed Israel.

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