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Iran blames Israel for consequences of Damascus attack – Report

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Hossein Amir AbdullahianAccording to Reuters, Iranian state media reported that he held Israel responsible for the consequences of the attack on the consulate in Damascus.

He reportedly told his Syrian counterpart in a phone call that the attack on the Iranian consulate was a “violation of all international conventions.”

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Iran’s foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, has said he holds Israel responsible for the consequences of the attack on its consulate in Damascus, Reuters said that Iran’s state media reported.

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The strike on the Iranian consulate is “a breach of all international conventions”, he told his Syrian counterpart in a phone call, it was reported.

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Mohammad Reza Zahedi, a senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), was killed in the Israeli airstrike on Iran’s consulate in Damascus on Monday, according to multiple reports.

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Iranian state television has said that the attack on the consulate was an assassination attempt targeting Zahedi.

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Zahedi was the commander of the IRGC “Quds Force” in Syria and Lebanon, and was the key Iranian military official in charge of relations with Hezbollah in Lebanon and the pro-Iranian militias in Syria.

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Zahedi is the most senior IRGC officer killed since the assassination of Qassem Suleimani by a US airstrike in January 2020, Axios reported.

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An Israel strike in Damascus killed Mohammad Reza Zahedi, Hossein Amir Allah, and Hajj Rahimi. With this attack, Iran took its biggest losses in Syria in a long time. pic.twitter.com/iAjvnsM1qb

— Levent Kemal (@leventkemaI) April 1, 2024

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The Israeli parliament approved a law that grants senior ministers powers to shut down foreign news networks deemed a security risk, after its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has pledged swift action to halt Al Jazeera’s activities in the nation.

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“Al Jazeera will no longer be broadcast from Israel,” Netanyahu wrote in a post on X after the law was approved in its final readings on Monday.

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I intend to act immediately in accordance with the new law to stop the channel’s activity.

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The US president, Joe Biden, is aware of reports of Israeli airstrikes in Damascus striking an Iranian consulate on Monday and the “team is looking into it”, the White House’s spokesperson, Karine Jean-Pierre, said.

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Israeli warplanes have destroyed the Iranian consulate in Damascus, killing several people including a senior commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

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Among those killed was Mohammad Reza Zahedi, a senior commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Iranian state media reported. Iranian state television said several Iranian diplomats had been killed.

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The Syrian and Iranian foreign ministers were both seen at the scene.

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Israel, which has repeatedly hit Iranian targets during the war in Gaza, declined to comment on the incident. An Israeli military spokesperson said:

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We do not comment on reports in the foreign media.

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We’ll bring you more updates as they come.

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Senior America and Israel Officials concluded a virtual meeting to discuss the Biden administration’s alternatives to an Israeli military invasion of the southern city of Gaza. Raphasaid a US official.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a pre-meeting briefing that the United States is concerned about the large-scale ground operation in Rafah, a relatively safe last haven for more than 1 million Palestinian civilian refugees. He stated that he has expressed that. She told reporters:

If they are going to proceed with military operations, we have to have this conversation. We need to understand how they move forward.

Officials will also discuss “alternative ways to go after Hamas,” she said.

The White House National Security Advisor jake sullivan The U.S. side will lead the discussion, she added.

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The attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus comes days after Israel carried out its deadliest attack in recent months. aleppo province, syria, More than 40 people were killed, including Hezbollah members and numerous Syrian soldiers.

On Friday, contradictory reports said airstrikes and drone strikes hit Lebanese militant group Hezbollah’s missile bases in the southern suburbs of Jibreen near Aleppo international airport and in a nearby town with military facilities, killing up to 42 people. Died.

The airstrike reportedly killed at least 36 Syrian soldiers and six Hezbollah fighters, and wounded dozens more.

There was no immediate statement from Israeli authorities. Israel frequently launches attacks against Iran-linked targets in Syria, but rarely acknowledges them.

Israeli airstrikes light up the night sky over Aleppo, Syria, early Friday morning. Photo: X.com
A funeral procession in southern Beirut, Lebanon, carries the coffin of late Hezbollah commander Ahmad Javad Shahimi (Abu Hussein), one of six fighters killed in an Israeli attack in Syria’s Aleppo province. Hezbollah fighters. Photo: Wael Hamzeh/EPA
Supporters and relatives of late Hezbollah commander Ahmad Javad Shahimi (Abu Hussein) carry his coffin during a funeral procession in southern Beirut, Lebanon. Photo: Wael Hamzeh/EPA
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Iran blames Israel for consequences of Damascus attack – Report

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Hossein Amir AbdullahianAccording to Reuters, Iranian state media reported that he held Israel responsible for the consequences of the attack on the consulate in Damascus.

He reportedly told his Syrian counterpart in a phone call that the attack on the Iranian consulate was a “violation of all international conventions.”

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Iran announces senior Revolutionary Guards commander killed in strike

Mohammad Reza ZahediA senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander was killed in an Israeli airstrike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus on Monday, according to multiple reports.

Iranian state television said the attack on the consulate was a targeted assassination attempt. Zahedi.

Zahedi was the commander of the Quds Force, the Syrian and Lebanese Revolutionary Guards, and a key Iranian military official responsible for relations with Lebanese Hezbollah and pro-Iranian militias in Syria.

Zahedi is the highest-ranking Revolutionary Guards official to be killed since the assassination of Qassem Suleimani in a US airstrike in January 2020, Axios reported.

An Israeli attack in Damascus killed Mohammad Reza Zahedi, Hossein Amir Allah and Haj Rahimi. The attack caused Iran to suffer its biggest loss in Syria in a long time. pic.twitter.com/iAjvnsM1qb

— Levent Kemal (@leventkemaI) April 1, 2024

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An Israeli attack in Damascus killed Mohammad Reza Zahedi, Hossein Amir Allah and Haj Rahimi. The attack caused Iran to suffer its biggest loss in Syria in a long time. pic.twitter.com/iAjvnsM1qb

— Levent Kemal (@leventkemaI) April 1, 2024

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Emergency services are working at the scene in the Mezze area. damascus, Israeli warplanes destroyed the Iranian consulate in the Syrian capital, killing several people.

Reporters at the scene saw smoke billowing from the rubble of the collapsed building and emergency vehicles parked outside.

Emergency workers and security personnel gather at the scene of an airstrike that hit a building next to the Iranian embassy in the Syrian capital Damascus. Photo: Maher Al Mounes/AFP/Getty Images
Smoke rises after Iranian media reported an Israeli attack on a building near the Iranian embassy in Damascus, Syria. Photo: Firas Makdesi/Reuters
Emergency workers are working to extinguish a fire at the scene of an airstrike that hit a building next to the Iranian embassy in the Syrian capital Damascus. Photo: Luai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images
Emergency workers work in a building destroyed by an airstrike in Damascus, Syria. Photo: Omar Sanadiki/AP
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Prime Minister Netanyahu vows to shut down Al Jazeera

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Following the prime minister’s remarks, Israel’s parliament approved a law giving senior ministers the power to shut down foreign news networks deemed a security risk. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahupromised swift action to stop Al Jazeeraactivities in Japan.

“Al Jazeera will no longer be broadcast from Israel,” Netanyahu wrote in a post on X after the law was approved in a final reading on Monday.

I will immediately suspend my channel activities in accordance with the new law.

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Biden: “Aware of reports of Israeli attack on Iranian consulate”

The American president is joe biden White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said she was aware of reports that Israel conducted an airstrike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus on Monday and that “a team is investigating.”

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Syria, Faisal Mekdad and the Iranian ambassador to Syria. Hossein Akbarivisited the site of the attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus.

Iranian state television said the Iranian ambassador’s official residence is located inside the consulate next to the embassy.

Akbari blamed Israel and said up to seven people were killed in the attack, but first responders were still searching for bodies under the rubble.

Two police officers guarding the building were injured, Akbari added.

Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad walks near a damaged site after what Iranian media reported was an Israeli attack on a building near the Iranian embassy in Damascus, Syria. Photo: Firas Makdesi/Reuters
Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad walks near the damage site with Iranian Ambassador to Damascus Hossein Akbari after Iranian media reported an Israeli attack on a building near the Iranian embassy in Damascus, Syria. Photo: Firas Makdesi/Reuters
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Israeli military airstrikes Iranian consulate in Damascus

Israeli warplanes destroyed the Iranian consulate in Damascus, killing several people, including a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander.

Among those killed were Mohammad Reza Zahedi, Iranian state media reported that he was a senior commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). Iranian state television reported that several Iranian diplomats were killed.

The foreign ministers of Syria and Iran also appeared at the scene.

Israel, which has repeatedly attacked Iranian targets during the war in Gaza, declined to comment on the incident. An Israeli military spokesperson said:

We do not comment on foreign media reports.

We will continue to provide you with the latest information.

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