Iran Vows Revenge on Israel for Strike That Killed 5 Guards in Syria

By Yoni Weiss

Smoke rises after a missile strike on Damascus, Syria, Jan. 20. (Sham FM via REUTERS)

An alleged Israeli strike in the Syrian capital targeted a building used by the Iranian paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, leading to the reported death of five Iranians, according to state media from both Syria and Iran.

The strike focused on a building located in the tightly guarded western Damascus neighborhood of Mazzeh. The Syrian army reported that the Israeli air force launched missiles while flying over the Israeli side of the Golan Heights.

The IDF has not officially commented on the reported strike.

Following the Damascus incident, a subsequent Israeli drone strike near the southern Lebanese port city of Tyre resulted in the deaths of two Hezbollah members, one of whom was identified as Hussein Hudruj, a local Hezbollah commander.

Conflicting information has emerged regarding the casualties in the Damascus strike. While the Iranian Revolutionary Guard initially identified the deceased as Hojjatollah Omidvar, Ali Aghazadeh, Hossein Mohammadi, and Saeed Karimi, an opposition war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reported at least six casualties, including five Iranians and a Syrian.

The strike occurred during a meeting of officials from Iran-backed groups, leading to casualties and structural damage in the targeted area.

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