Iran vows revenge after Israeli attack on Damascus consulate

Among the victims of the attack was Mohammad Reza Zahedi, a senior member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard

An airstrike attributed to Israel against the Islamic Republic of Iran's consulate in Damascus has left at least seven people dead, including Mohammad Reza Zahedi, a senior member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

  1. Israel to investigate attack that killed 7 aid workers in Gaza

Iranian state media confirmed the death of Zahedi, as well as his deputy, Mohammad Haj Rahimi, in the Syrian capital. Zahedi was a senior commander of the Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, a US-designated terrorist organisation aimed at expanding Tehran's influence abroad, especially in the Middle East.

Specifically, Zahedi was responsible for the group's operations in Syria and Lebanon. He also coordinated Iranian militias in Syria and their links to Hezbollah and, according to Israeli Army Radio, oversaw all Iranian terrorist operations against Israel, from Syria, Lebanon "and the Palestinian sphere".

Israel has intensified its operations against Hamas allies in the region since the war with the terrorist group began last October. A few days ago, Israel also launched air strikes near Aleppo, killing several Hezbollah members and Syrian soldiers.

Meanwhile, the so-called Axis of Resistance has also stepped up its attacks on Israeli territory. Early Monday morning, pro-Iranian militias in Iraq launched an attack on a naval base in the Israeli city of Eilat on the Red Sea. The town has also been a recurring target of Tehran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Both Iran and Hezbollah have vowed "punishment and revenge" following the Damascus attack, described by the Tehran regime as "a cowardly crime" and a "violation of all international conventions". "We will make them repent for this crime and others," said Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

State media also blames the US for the attack, although Washington directly assured Tehran that it was "not involved", a senior US official told Axios.

Israel to investigate attack that killed 7 aid workers in Gaza

This attack and heightened regional tension coincides with an Israeli bombing in Gaza that has killed seven aid workers from the NGO World Central Kitchen, founded by Spanish chef José Andrés.

The volunteers killed include nationals from Australia, Poland, the UK, the US and Canada, as well as local Palestinians.

The Israeli army has conveyed its "deepest condolences" to the NGO for what it describes as an "incident". They also assure that this attack will be subject to an independent investigation and praise the work of World Central Kitchen, which they consider "fundamental".

Army spokesman Danel Hagari recalled that Israeli forces have been working with the NGO "to help them complete their noble mission of bringing food and humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza". Hagari also pointed out that the organisation had helped Israelis affected by the 7 October attack. "They were one of the first NGOs to arrive," he said.

Subsequently, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitted that the Israeli army "unintentionally" killed the seven volunteers. The Israeli leader said the incident would be thoroughly investigated, lamenting that such things "happen in war". "We will do everything we can to ensure that it does not happen again," he said.

Chef José Andrés has called on the Israeli government to stop "this indiscriminate killing" and to stop "restricting humanitarian aid, killing civilians and humanitarian workers and using food as a weapon".