Israel Strikes Building Next to Iran Embassy in Syria, Killing Eight

Mon Apr 01 2024
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DAMASCUS: Israeli airstrikes struck a building adjacent to the Iranian embassy in Syria’s capital, Damascus, on Monday, resulting in casualties and significant damage. State media reported eight persons were killed in the building.

According to Syria’s official news agency SANA, the Israeli airstrikes targeted the Iranian consulate building located in the Mazzeh neighborhood of Damascus. “The Israeli attack targeted the Iranian consulate building in the Mazzeh neighbourhood of Damascus,” the news agency reported.

Meanwhile, Iranian local media reported that the strikes destroyed a building next to the embassy, with Iran’s ambassador and his family fortunately escaping unharmed. “Hossein Akbari, ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Damascus, and his family were not harmed in the Israeli attack,” Iran’s Nour news agency reported.

There has been no immediate comment from Israel regarding the incident, which occurred amid ongoing Israeli bombardment in Gaza since October 7. The destruction of the annex building adjacent to the Iranian embassy was confirmed by AFP correspondents at the scene, highlighting the intensity of the attack.

Reports from Iranian media further emphasized that the strikes resulted in the complete destruction of the annex building, while reiterating the safety of the Iranian ambassador and his family.

Britain-based group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said “Israeli missiles… destroyed the building of an annex to the Iranian embassy… in Damascus, killing six people”.

Syria’s official SANA news agency earlier reported that “our air defence systems confronted enemy targets in the vicinity of Damascus”.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, reported that the Israeli missiles destroyed the building, which served as an annex to the Iranian embassy, that killed eight persons. This incident follows recent Israeli airstrikes in Syria, including strikes that claimed the lives of 53 individuals, including Syrian soldiers and members of Hezbollah.

It was the highest Syrian army toll in Israeli strikes since the Israel-Hamas war began on October 7, said the monitor.

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