Israeli attack kills Iranian Guards officer in Syria, Iran says

A file picture shows Syrian air defences responding to Israeli missiles in the sky south of Damascus on July 20, 2020. (AFP photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — An Israeli attack in Syria on Friday killed an officer in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. 

There was no immediate statement from Israel, which usually declines to comment on reports of strikes in Syria.

“The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has announced the martyrdom of guardsman Milad Haydari, one of the IRGC’s military advisers and officers”, in the Israeli attack, the IRGC said in a statement reported by Iranian media.

The Guards vowed to respond, saying the “criminal attack” on the outskirts of Damascus at dawn would not go “unanswered”, the semi-official Iranian news outlet Tasnim reported.

The air strike was the sixth attack by Israel in Syria this month, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Israel has for years carried out attacks against what it has described as Iran-linked targets in Syria, where Tehran’s influence has grown since it began supporting President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war that began in 2011.

Iran says its officers serve in an advisory role in Syria at the invitation of Damascus. Dozens of IRGC members including senior officers have been killed in Syria during the war.

Syrian state media said that Israel had attacked just after midnight, firing missiles that hit a site in the Damascus countryside. Syrian air defences had shot down a number of missiles, it said, without mentioning any casualties.


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