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Israeli missile strikes Iranian consulate building in Syrian capital

Damascus, April 2 (IANS) – An Israeli missile strike hit the consulate building in the compound of the Iranian embassy in the Syrian capital, Damascus, leveling the building to the ground and leaving an unknown number of casualties, according to a media report. Reporters saw thick plumes of smoke rising from the building on the Mazzeh Highway to the west of Damascus after the attack, triggering a big boom sound as Syrian air defenses tried to intercept the missiles.

The demolished structure is the consular section of the Iranian embassy, with an Iranian flag resting amid the wreckage. The Syrian Defence Ministry stated that the attack occurred at about 5:00 p.m. local time when Israel launched an aerial aggression from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, targeting the building of the Iranian Consulate in Damascus.

Syria’s air defense intercepted some of the missiles, but the attack resulted in fatalities and injuries. Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad condemned the attack, stating that the Israeli assault would not affect Syrian-Iranian relations. Efforts were underway to retrieve the bodies of the victims, provide medical assistance to the wounded, and remove the rubble.

Ambulances rushed to the scene, and military vehicles quickly cordoned off the embassy’s perimeter. The Syrian Defence Ministry said they were on a mission to recover bodies, offer medical help, and clear debris. The situation continues to unfold as investigations are ongoing to determine the extent of the damage and casualties.

The missile strike on the Iranian consulate building in Damascus has raised tensions in the region. The attack comes amidst escalating conflicts and power struggles, with Syria being a key battleground between different global powers. The fallout from this incident remains to be seen as the international community monitors the situation closely.

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