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Israeli Strikes In Damascus Kill 8 In Iran Embassy Annex: War Monitor – News18

Israeli Strikes In Damascus Kill 8 In Iran Embassy Annex: War Monitor – News18


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Smoke rises after what the Iranian media said was an Israeli strike to a buidling close to the Iranian embassy in Damascus, Syria April 1, 2024. (Reuters)

An AFP correspondent at the site confirmed the building next to the embassy in an upscale neighbourhood of Damascus had been levelled by the strike

Israeli strikes hit an Iranian embassy annex building in Syria’s capital Monday, state media said, as a war monitor reported eight people were killed in the building.

The Israeli attack targeted the Iranian consulate building in the Mazzeh neighbourhood of Damascus, according to Syria’s official news agency SANA. The bombing site was confirmed by news agencies as the building next to the embassy, an annex, had been levelled, in an upscale neighbourhood of Damascus.

Iranian media also reported that the strikes in Damascus completely destroyed the annex building, and that the ambassador was unharmed. “Hossein Akbari, ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Damascus, and his family were not harmed in the Israeli attack,” Iran’s Nour news agency said.

Britain-based group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said “Israeli missiles… destroyed the building of an annex to the Iranian embassy… in Damascus, killing six people”. Syria’s official SANA news agency earlier reported that “our air defence systems confronted enemy targets in the vicinity of Damascus”.

There was no immediate comment from Israel, which has stepped up strikes on Iran-linked militant groups amid its Gaza war raging against Hamas since October 7.  The incident came days after the Observatory reported Israeli strikes that killed 53 people in Syria, including 38 soldiers and seven members of the Iran-backed Hezbollah.

(With agency inputs)



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