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Iran says US responsible for deadly attack on its Syria consulate

Iran says US responsible for deadly attack on its Syria consulate

Tehran, IRAN (EFE) – Iran on Tuesday pointed the finger at the United States for an airstrike that razed its consulate in Syria and killed two Iranian generals and five Revolutionary Guard officers in Damascus.

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian summoned the Swiss ambassador, who represents the US in Tehran, to deliver a stern message regarding the assault on Monday in the Syrian capital.

While Iran and Syria have accused Israel of the strike, Amir-Abdollahian squarely placed the blame on the US, highlighting it as Israel’s primary ally and arms provider.

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He said he discussed the magnitude of “the terrorist attack and the crimes committed by the Israeli regime” with the Swiss ambassador, “with a focus on emphasizing the responsibility of the American government.”

“An important message has been conveyed to the American government, given its support for the Zionist regime. America must be held accountable.”

Describing the attack as a “violation of all international obligations and conventions,” the foreign minister urged a “serious response” from the international community.

The airstrike leveled the Iranian consulate building in Damascus, claiming the lives of seven Revolutionary Guard members, including Brigadier General Mohammed Reza Zahedi, chief of the Quds Force in Syria and Lebanon, and his deputy, Brigadier General Mohammed Hadi Haj Rahimi.

It marked the deadliest assault on Iranian military personnel in Syria this year.

“This is perhaps the first time that the Zionist regime allows itself to attack an official building of the Islamic Republic of Iran embassy, which had the flag of the Islamic Republic raised on top of it,” said Akbari, vowing a “decisive response.”

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani warned that Tehran reserved “the right to take reciprocal measures and will decide the type of response and punishment against the aggressor.”

Iran has been a pivotal ally of Damascus in the Syrian conflict, deploying troops, and military advisers, and extending economic and political support to its key regional ally.

On the other hand, the bitter ties between Iran and Israel have escalated, characterized by mutual existential threats, as they vie for regional hegemony and engage in covert confrontations, including cyberattacks, assassinations, and sabotage. EFE

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