Hezbollah says 'punishment' will come after Israeli strike on Iranian consulate

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Hezbollah 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.

The airstrike in Syria killed Gen. Mohammad Reza Zahedi, who led the elite Quds Force in Lebanon and Syria until 2016, according to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. It also killed Zahedi’s deputy, Gen. Mohammad Hadi Hajriahimi, and five other officers.

Hezbollah said in a statement that Zahedi played a crucial role in helping “develop and advance the work” of the group in Lebanon. It said he was "one of the first to support, sacrifice, and persevere for many years to develop the work of the resistance in Lebanon".

“This crime will certainly not pass without the enemy receiving punishment and revenge,” Hezbollah warned.

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.

The Observatory said Zahedi was killed along with his deputy, his aide, and the Quds force chief of staff for Palestine, Syria and Lebanon.

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.

Since the outbreak of the war in Gaza nearly six months ago, Hezbollah has stepped up attacks, leading to near daily cross-border exchanges between Hezbollah and Israel.

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Missing un520 12 days

"Hezbollah said in a statement Tuesday that Zahedi played a crucial role in helping “develop and advance the work” of the group in Lebanon."
And then they complain about "a crime"? You play that game, run that risk. Nothing to complain about, the way I see it. Try to revenge? OK, back to rule 1: Play that game, run that risk.

Thumb SupportBeirut 11 days

And they still want us to believe they are a Lebanese group.

Thumb sanglierdomestique 11 days

After 2006 war, Iran paid some for reconstruction, and private equity including major banks funded the rebuilding of bridges. Guess what happens after a bankrupt country has its infrastructure bombed. Answer? Nada. Not the IMF, not the UAE, not even Iran will pay as they already stated. So you wanna vow retaliation Hezb? Be very careful and consider how the Lebanese people and the villages where you fire your rockets will react this time

Missing gabriel01 11 days

The hezb is anxiously awaiting the next instructions from their Masters in Tehran.

Thumb scorpyonn 11 days

Frankly, I don't think Israel cares! Any action from Iran's puppets in Lebanon or even Iran itself will trigger an even larger response by Israel which will cause massive destruction to the Iranian dogs and Lebanese sycophants.

Thumb chrisrushlau 10 days

So they got the wrong guy after all.