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Israeli embassies ‘no longer safe’ after Syria strike: Iran


Trucks carry the coffins of Revolutionary Guard members killed in an airstrike extensively attributed to Israel that destroyed Iran’s Consulate in Syria in a funeral procession in Tehran, Iran on April 5, 2024.
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An adviser to Iran’s supreme chief warned on April 7 that Israeli embassies are “no longer safe” after a strike in Syria which Tehran blamed on Israel killed seven Revolutionary Guards members.

“The embassies of the Zionist regime are no longer safe,” Yahya Rahim Safavi, senior adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was quoted as saying by the ISNA information company.

Tehran has vowed to avenge Monday’s air strike on Damascus that levelled the Iranian embassy’s consular annex, killing seven Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) members together with two generals.

“The resistance front is ready; how it (the response) will be, we have to wait,” Mr. Safavi stated, noting that “confronting this brutal regime is a legal and legitimate right”.

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He additionally famous that a number of Israeli embassies across the area “have been shuttered”.

There was no fast remark from Israel.

Monday’s assault, which Britain-based battle monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated killed 16 individuals, was the fifth raid on Syria in per week blamed on Israel.

Among the lifeless had been generals Mohammad Reza Zahedi and Mohammad Hadi Haji Rahimi who had been senior commanders within the Quds Force, the IRGC’s overseas operations arm.

Zahedi, 63, had held a number of instructions throughout a profession spanning greater than 40 years.

He was probably the most senior Iranian soldier killed since a United States missile strike at Baghdad airport in 2020 killed Quds Force chief General Qasem Soleimani.

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Monday’s strike in Damascus befell in opposition to the backdrop of the Gaza battle which started with Hamas’s October 7 assault on Israel which killed 1,170 individuals, largely civilians.

Tehran backs Hamas however has denied any direct involvement within the assault which sparked huge Israeli retaliation in opposition to the Gaza Strip.

The Hamas-run well being ministry within the Palestinian territory says a minimum of 33,175 individuals have been killed there throughout six months of battle.

Iran doesn’t recognise Israel, and the 2 nations have fought a shadow battle for years.

The Islamic republic accuses Israel of getting carried out a wave of sabotage assaults and assassinations focusing on its nuclear programme.

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