Missile strike in Damascus reportedly kills top Iran general

 April 1, 2024

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

UPDATE: The missile attack on Damascus, Syria, has reportedly killed a top Iranian general.

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Mohammed Reza Zahedi, the top commander in the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) for Lebanon and Syria was assassinated in an air strike on Monday.

Zahedi is the highest-ranking Iranian killed since the current war started, even higher than Sayyed Reza Mousavi, who was killed in December, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

Besides his wide-ranging responsibilities for terror on Israel's borders, he was the highest-level interlocutor for Tehran with Hezbollah.

This means that although Israel has not taken credit, Iran and Hezbollah are already accusing Jerusalem of involvement since removing Zahedi could be seen as a blow to the management of the Lebanese terror groups' rocket attacks on Israel.

A report from state media outlets in Syria on Monday said there was an Israeli strike on Damascus, on the neighborhood containing the Iranian embassy.

The state agency, SANA, said in the bull's-eye was a building in the Mazzeh neighborhood, which is the location of the Iranian embassy.

Social media reports, not confirmed immediately, said the strike was near the Iranian embassy.

Press TV, one outlet for the Iranian government's official statements, shared on social media that a building "near" the embassy was attacked.

It's not the first broadside launched against various Iranian interests since the start of the war triggered by the terrorists in Hamas, who invaded Israel on October 7 and butchered some 1,200 Israeli civilians.

Israel has responded with a military campaign to wipe out the terror threat, coming from the Hamas-controlled Gaza.

One online report said the Monday attack was on a villa near the Iranian embassy, a facility used by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The China Daily had reported that two civilians were hurt in an attack in Damascus Sunday night, and the Syrian Defense Ministry blamed it was Israel.

The report also said Israel targeted the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in Damascus.

The report said there have been dozens of such attacks over the past few months, including an attack on a military site in Syria's northern city of Aleppo last week that reportedly killed multiple members of the military there.

Statements from Hezbollah and Syria's government-run media said dead were dozens of Syrian soldiers and members of Hezbollah.

Israel rarely comments on its actions, when they are launched. But it has acknowledged that it has conducted strikes targeting Hezbollah.

Reuters reported the Friday attack left 39 dead.

One report noted Maj. Gen. Ori Gordin, chief of Israel's Northern Command, revealed, "We continue to strike against Hezbollah, determined to push it back and destroy its infrastructure."

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