Israel strikes Iranian consulate in Damascus: Six people died

"Israeli rockets destroyed the annex building of the Iranian embassy in Damascus, killing six people," the London-based Human Rights Watch said

by Sededin Dedovic
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Israel strikes Iranian consulate in Damascus: Six people died
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Six people were killed today in Israeli airstrikes targeting an upscale neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, with one strike hitting the Iranian embassy annex in the city, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

"Israeli missiles destroyed the building housing the annex of the Iranian embassy in Damascus, killing six people," reported the London-based SOHR, which maintains a wide network of sources inside Syria. The group's report was confirmed by a correspondent of Agence France Presse (AFP), who witnessed the almost complete destruction of the embassy annex.

The attack ignited a new wave of tension in the already volatile region. Iran, a staunch supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was quick to condemn the attack. Iranian state media confirmed the destruction of the embassy annex shortly after SOHR reported the casualties.

Namely, the Iranian news agency Nour added that the Iranian ambassador in Damascus Hossein Akbari and his family were unharmed in the attack. The incident marks the latest escalation in the long-running shadow war between Israel and Iran.

Israel has repeatedly carried out airstrikes in Syria targeting Iranian military installations and personnel supporting the Assad regime. Israel considers Iran's growing military presence in Syria a direct threat to its national security.

The international community has expressed concern over the recent airstrikes, calling for de-escalation and adherence to international law. The Secretary General of the United Nations called for an independent investigation into the attack in Damascus, while the European Union condemned the targeting of diplomatic facilities.

Israel has not yet provided a justification for the attack, but it is possible that they believed the building housed Iranian military personnel or was used for military purposes. Iran, however, will undoubtedly argue that the annex was a purely diplomatic facility and that its destruction violated international law.

Iran has a history of retaliating against Israeli attacks. The potential for a wider escalation of the conflict remains a significant concern. Although Syria condemned the attack, it is unclear how the Assad regime might respond.

The presence of Iranian forces in Syria complicates the situation as any response by Syria could be seen as an Iranian-backed escalation.

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