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Iran calls on the “international community” to respond to Israel’s attack on Syria

Iran calls on the “international community” to respond to Israel’s attack on Syria

Tehran:

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian called on the international community to act on Monday after the Israeli attack on an Iranian consulate in Damascus killed a senior Guard commander and others.

In a telephone conversation with his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad, Amir-Abdollahian “held the Zionist regime responsible for the consequences of this action and emphasized the need for a serious response from the international community to such criminal actions,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

State television reported that Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Zahedi, “one of the highest-ranking commanders” of the Quds Force, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ foreign operations, “was martyred in an attack by Zionist regime fighters on the consulate of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Buildings in Damascus.

The 63-year-old joined the Guard more than four decades ago and has held various senior positions.

Amir-Abdollahian described the attack as a violation of all international obligations and conventions.

“Netanyahu has completely lost his mental equilibrium because the Israeli regime in Gaza has repeatedly failed and failed to achieve the ambitious goals of the Zionists,” the top Iranian diplomat added.

He was referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose country has been at war with Iran-backed Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip for nearly six months.

In a separate statement, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani condemned the attack “in the strongest terms” and said Iran “reserves the right to respond and will decide on the nature of the response and the punishment of the attacker.” .

Earlier, Iran’s ambassador to Damascus, Hossein Akbari, said: “The five-story consulate building was attacked by Israeli F-35 fighter jets and six missiles.” He did not name the source of his information about the plane.

Akbari promised a “firm response” as the attack killed “at least five people, including three military personnel.”

At a nighttime rally on Monday in Palestine Square in central Tehran, hundreds of protesters carrying Iranian and Palestinian flags called for “revenge” and chanted slogans such as “Death to America” ​​and “Death to Israel.”

They also burned Israeli and US flags, according to AFP journalists at the scene.

Iran hailed Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel that sparked the war as a “success” but denied any direct involvement.

Iran-backed groups in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen have since carried out a series of attacks on Israeli and Western targets.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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