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Israeli air strike destroys Iranian embassy in Damascus

The Israeli air strike in Damascus flattened part of Iran’s consulate, reportedly killing and injuring everyone inside, including a Revolutionary Guards commander. It marked the first direct hit on the embassy compound amid heightened tensions in the Middle East.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported eight casualties, while Iran’s ambassador mentioned five deaths from the attack by F-35 fighter jets. Emergency services rushed to the scene as smoke rose from the rubble, with Syrian officials and onlookers present.

The Syrian defense ministry confirmed the destruction of the building and ongoing rescue efforts. Among the casualties was Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Zahedi of the Quds Force, according to Iranian state TV and the Observatory.

Israel, which has targeted Iranian assets in Syria during the Gaza conflict, did not comment on the strike. Iran vowed a retaliatory response, denouncing the attack as a violation of international law.

Syrian officials condemned the strike as a “heinous terrorist attack.” Meanwhile, Iran’s foreign minister called for international action in response to the incident.

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