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President Raisi vows to revenge killing of Iranian General Razi Mousavi in Israeli airstrike in Syria

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi firmly stated that Israel “will face consequences for this act.”

Raisi emphasized, “This action is a clear reflection of the frustration, helplessness, and limitations of the occupying Zionist regime within the region.”

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian echoed this sentiment, warning of a challenging period ahead for Tel Aviv.

The Israel Defense Forces’ spokesperson, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, chose not to address the reports in a press conference, adhering to the military’s usual practice of not commenting on specific operations in Syria.

Nevertheless, Israel has acknowledged conducting numerous missions against Iran-backed militant factions seeking influence in Syria over the past decade.

The late Mousavi played a significant role in coordinating the military collaboration between Iran and Syria.

Israel regarded him as deeply involved in Tehran’s endeavors to supply weaponry to various extremist groups in the region, notably including Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

Earlier, an Israeli airstrike conducted near Damascus in Syria resulted in the death of a high-ranking general from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps on Monday.

Iranian state media verified the demise of Sardar Sayyed Razi Mousavi. However, Israel has not issued any official statement concerning the incident.

Mousavi held a significant position as an Iranian advisor in Syria and oversaw the coordination of the country’s military collaboration with Iran.

He was reported to have been “among those accompanying Qassem Soleimani,” the leader of the Guards’ elite Quds Force, who was killed in a U.S. drone attack in Iraq in 2020.

The Revolutionary Guards, referring to Mousavi as a brigadier-general within their ranks, vowed retaliation against Israel for his killing, denouncing Israel’s action as a usurpation and a crime.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad group condemned Mousavi’s death, labeling it a “cowardly act,” highlighting his significant role in supporting regional resistance and the Palestinian cause.

As of now, Israel’s military has not provided an immediate response.

Israel has a history of conducting strikes against what it identifies as Iran-affiliated targets in Syria, where Tehran has expanded its influence, particularly since supporting President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war that erupted in 2011.

Earlier this month, Iran reported Israeli strikes that resulted in the deaths of two Revolutionary Guards members in Syria, who served as military advisors in the region.

Iran has deployed hundreds of Guards as “advisors” to train and organize thousands of Shiite militia fighters from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, backing the Syrian government in the conflict.

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