Consortium News:ㅤ‘A Declaration of War’ Against Iran

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Consortium News:ㅤ‘A Declaration of War’ Against Iran

02-04-24 02:56:00,

Seven people including Iranian diplomats and an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps senior commander were killed in Israel’s airstrike Monday on Tehran’s consulate in Damascus.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in January at a U.N. meeting on Palestine in New York. (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

By Brett Wilkins
Common Dreams

Iranian and Syrian officials on Monday accused Israel of bombing Iran’s consulate in Damascus, an attack one expert called a “war-abetting escalation” that U.S. President Joe Biden “claimed he was preventing” in the Middle East.

Seven people including Iranian diplomats and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) senior commander Gen. Mohammad Reza Zahedi were killed in the airstrike, which according to the BBC occurred at approximately 5 p.m. local time and flattened the multistory building adjacent to the Iranian embassy in the Syrian capital’s Mezzeh district.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian described the strike as “a violation of all international obligations and conventions.” Faisal Mekdad, his Syrian counterpart, condemned what he called a “heinous terrorist attack.”

Israeli officials declined to comment on the attack. Israel has increased airstrikes targeting IRGC and Hezbollah militants inside Syria since the Hamas-led Oct. 7 attacks. 

Israeli strikes against Hezbollah have also killed hundreds of militants and civilians in Lebanon.

Hamidreza Azizi,

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