An Iranian Revolutionary Guard official was murdered in a blast in Syria, the force announced on its website on Wednesday, blaming Israel for the death.
Col. Davoud Jafari, who the force stated was employed with the Guard’s aerospace branch, was the officer who was murdered, according to the force. Israel will face the consequences for what it dubbed the “crime,” the statement foresaw.
A roadside bomb that struck their car in the southern Damascus suburb of Sayyida Zeinab killed Jafari and his Syrian guard, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor headquartered in Britain.
The Associated Press received confirmation from a representative of a group supported by Iran that Jafari was murdered by a roadside bomb south of the capital, close to the Damascus International Airport.
The officer said the bomb was set to relieve pressure in the car’s direction while speaking anonymously because he was discussing security issues in Syria.
The AP obtained a picture of the claimed attack that showed Jafari’s car with its windshields blown out and covered in metal pebbles.
Throughout Syria’s 11-year civil conflict, Iran has been Bashar al-primary Assad’s backer and has dispatched thousands of militants from the region to fight alongside his forces.
Although Tehran has long claimed its role in Syria is merely that of a military advisor, dozens of Iranian personnel were killed during the conflict.
Following strikes near the Syrian capital in August 2019, Israel declared that it was preventing an impending drone attack against Israel by the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, made the rare admission that Israeli bombings in Syria had killed Hezbollah members by hitting a rest house days before.
The two Hezbollah fighters slain at that time were allegedly drone specialists.
Hassan Lakkis, a key Hezbollah member and the man credited with creating the organization’s drone program, was assassinated in the south of Beirut in 2013.
The organization ascribed the murder to Israel.
Israeli authorities have already stated that they will endeavor to stop Iran from becoming entrenched in Syria, particularly in the southern region close to the Golan Heights, which Israel holds.
Israel has attacked government-controlled areas of Syria on hundreds of occasions in recent years, although it rarely admits or talks about these actions.
However, Israel has confirmed that it strikes the facilities of militant organizations with ties to Iran, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which has dispatched thousands of men to assist Assad’s army.