Iran says no Israeli embassy is safe anymore after Syria consulate attack

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A senior advisor to Iran’s supreme leader warned on Sunday that none of Israel’s embassies were safe anymore following a deadly strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, which Tehran has blamed on Israel.

Speaking at a ceremony in Tehran commemorating those killed in the consulate attack, Maj. Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi, a military advisor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, said: “None of the embassies of the Zionist regime are safe anymore.”

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Safavi claimed that 27 Israeli embassies have been closed due to concerns about potential Iranian retaliation, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Iran has vowed retaliation following the airstrike in the Syrian capital on Monday which killed seven members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), including two senior commanders.

Among those killed was Mohammad-Reza Zahedi, the most senior casualty of the attack. Zahedi was responsible for overseeing operations in Lebanon and Syria for the Quds Force, the IRGC’s foreign operations arm.

Zahedi is the highest-ranking Iranian commander to be killed since the 2020 US killing of Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani in Iraq.

Speaking at Zahedi’s funeral in Iran on Saturday, a senior Iranian military official reiterated Tehran’s determination to retaliate against the consulate attack, saying that Iran’s response will aim to cause “maximum damage.”

Israel, which has frequently carried out airstrikes on Iran-linked targets and Syrian military forces in Syria in recent years, has maintained its customary silence on the attack, refraining from public comment as it typically does regarding its operations in Syria.

However, the New York Times cited four unnamed Israeli officials acknowledging Israel’s responsibility for the attack.

Iran, a staunch ally of President Bashar al-Assad, has been actively involved in the Syrian conflict since it broke out in 2011, establishing a military presence in the country in support of the Syrian regime.

The attack in Damascus came amid heightened tensions in the Middle East, with Iran and several Tehran-backed militant groups facing off against Israel and the US on multiple fronts since the outbreak of war between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas on October 7.

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