02 Apr 2024, 09:33
Update : 02 Apr 2024, 09:42

Lebanon's Hezbollah says Israel strike in Syria will get 'punishment'

BEIRUT, April 2, 2024 (BSS/AFP) - Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah group
warned Tuesday that Israel will pay for killing high-level Iranian
Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in a strike on the country's consulate in
Damascus, Syria, the day before.

Hezbollah has exchanged near-daily cross-border fire with Israel in support
of its ally Hamas since the Gaza war erupted in October.

"Certainly, this crime will not pass without the enemy receiving punishment
and revenge," Hezbollah said in a statement.

The Israeli strike killed seven IRGC members including Brigadier General
Mohammad Reza Zahedi and another high-ranking officer, Brigadier General
Mohammad Hadi Haji Rahimi, the IRGC said.

Britain-based war monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 11
people were killed in the strikes, including eight Iranians, two Syrians and
one Lebanese, all of them fighters.

Hezbollah said Zahedi was "one of the first to support, sacrifice, and
persevere for many years to develop and advance the work of the resistance
(Hezbollah) in Lebanon".

The Observatory said Zahedi served as the leader of Iran's elite Quds Force
for Palestine, Syria and Lebanon, adding that he was killed along with his
deputy, his aide, and the Quds force chief of staff for the same three

Israel said it would not comment on the reported attack, but Iranian
officials vowed a stiff response with fears of even further violence between
Israel and Iran's allies triggered by the Gaza war.

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