Iran says to ‘respond’ as 5 IRGC members killed in Israeli attack
DAMASCUS: (Web Desk) Iran’s Foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said Tehran would respond “at the appropriate time and place” after five of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) “military advisers” were killed in an Israeli air strike on a residential building in Syria’s capital, Damascus.
Iran also condemned “an escalation in aggressive and provocative attacks” by Israel.
The attack on Saturday took place in the Mazzeh neighbourhood. It said “Israeli aggression” targeted the building, says Syrian state media SANA.
Iran also blamed Israel for the strike, saying it “reserves the right to respond”.
The target was an IRGC intelligence unit, adding that a senior IRGC intelligence official in Syria and his assistants were in the building, said Al Jazeera quoting a well-informed source. In a statement immediately after the attack, the IRGC said an air strike by Israeli fighter jets killed “a number of Syrian forces and four military advisers”. It identified the people killed as Hojjatollah Omidvar, Ali Aghazadeh, Hossein Mohammadi and Saied Karimi, without sharing their ranks.
Later in the day, IRGC said a fifth member of the elite force also died after succumbing to his wounds, naming him as Mohammad Amin Samadi, Iranian state media reported.
Iranian state television called it a “terrorist” attack by Israel, which has yet to comment. The attack, which is believed to have been carried out with at least four missiles, completely destroyed a four-storey building, according to Iranian state media. At least one person was taken to hospital.