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Iran. Tehran and Hezbollah vowed revenge on Israel for bombing the consulate in Damascus

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Iran has said it will take revenge on Israel for an airstrike on its consulate in Damascus, Syria, that killed two generals and five military advisers. Hezbollah also announced its response on Tuesday.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei announced on Tuesday he would “punish” Israel for Monday's attack on Tehran's consulate in Damascus, which killed seven members of the Revolutionary Guard, including two generals of the elite Quds unit.

“The wicked regime will be punished by our brave people. We will make them regret this crime and others like it in accordance with God's will,” Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said in a statement.

Iran has said it will take revenge on Israel for the raid on its consulate in DamascusABEDIN TAHERKENAREH/PAP/EPA

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Israeli raid on the consulate in Damascus

The previous day, an airstrike leveled the Iranian consulate located next to the embassy building in the Mezzeh district of Damascus. Mohammad Reza Zahedi, a high-ranking commander of Iran's elite Quds unit in Syria and Lebanon, was killed.

His deputy, General Mohammad Hadi Hajirahimi, five other officers and at least one member of the Hezbollah terrorist organization were also killed, two sources in the Lebanese security forces told Reuters.

Zahedi, Hezbollah said, played a key role in “developing the organization's activities” in Lebanon. Israeli intelligence analyst Ronen Solomon of Intellitimes assessed that the bombed building was not a “diplomatic target” but actually functioned as the headquarters of the Revolutionary Guard in Syria.

Israeli airstrike on Iran's consulate in SyriaReuters

The U.S. notified Iran directly that the United States did not participate or have had prior notice of the airstrike, a U.S. administration official told the AP.

Despite this, Khamenei's adviser Ali Shamkhani stated in a post on the X website that the US “bears direct responsibility regardless of whether it was aware of the intention to carry out this attack,” Iran International reported.

Tensions between Iran and Israel after the outbreak of the war in the Gaza Strip

It is unclear whether Iran will respond alone, risking a dangerous confrontation with Israel, or whether it will continue to use terrorist organizations such as Yemen's Houthis or Lebanon's Hezbollah, the AP noted.

Since the Palestinian Hamas attack and the resulting war in the Gaza Strip, Iranian-financed organizations have stepped up attacks on Israel, leading to almost daily exchanges of fire on the border and Houthi attacks on ships in the Red Sea. Iran also supports Hamas, which rules in the Strip.

Israel, which rarely admits to attacks on Iranian targets, said it would not comment on the bombing of the consulate in Syria, although – AP recalled – an army spokesman accused Iran of the drone attack on a naval base in southern Israel, which took place on Monday morning.

Israel has become increasingly impatient with the daily and increasingly recent exchange of fire with Hezbollah and has warned of the possibility of a full-scale war, the AP highlighted.

Main photo source: Reuters

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