6:58 AM ET, January 20, 2024
Syrian state television said that an Israeli missile strike killed four Iranian military advisers in Damascus
From CNN's Sarah Al-Sergany and Adam Pourahmadi
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Four Iranian military advisers and several members of the Syrian forces were killed in an Israeli missile attack on a building in Damascus, Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, citing the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Syrian state television, which also accused Israel of the attack, said earlier that several people were killed and wounded in the missile attack that occurred on Saturday in the Mezzeh neighborhood, where several diplomatic missions including the Iranian embassy are located.
The IRGC named them as Hojatollah Omidvar, Ali Aghazadeh, Hossein Mohammadi and Saeed Karimi.
“The Supreme Leader and Supreme Commander offered condolences and congratulations to the families of the great martyrs and to the fighters and leaders of the Islamic Resistance Front,” the semi-official Iranian Tasnim News Agency reported, citing the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
State television reported that Syrian civil defense teams were searching for people they believed to be trapped under the rubble, and that a number of surrounding buildings and nearby vehicles were also damaged in the raid.
The Israeli military declined to comment on the raid, telling CNN on Saturday: “We do not comment on foreign reports.”
Escalating tensions: The reported raid comes as fears continue to grow of a broader conflict in the Middle East.
Along with northern Iraq. Syria was the target of ballistic missile strikes The Iranian Revolutionary Guard launched it on Monday against what the organization described as “anti-Iranian terrorist groups.”
Friday, The United States carried out its sixth reported raid On the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.
This article has been updated.
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