Attack On Iran Consulate In Syria, Reportedly Carried Out By Israel

April 2, 2024

Major escalation.

Charles Lister, a Syria expert at the Middle East Institute in Washington, shared on X, describing an Israeli airstrike that destroyed Iran’s consulate in Syria on Monday. According to Iranian officials, the airstrike killed two Iranian military leaders and five other military officers.

Why It Matters: Iran, a U.S. designated state sponsor of terror, supports terrorist groups in the Middle East – particularly the Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Both terrorist groups have attacked Israel in recent months; Hamas launched a large scale terror attack on October 7th and Hezbollah firing rockets at Israel leading to the evacuation of approx. 60,000 Israelis along the border with Lebanon; an estimated 90,000 people in Lebanon have also been displaced. Monday’s attack signals broader conflict as Israel reportedly attacked Iran’s consulate in Syria as retaliation for the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. Israel has made no comment on the attack.

Important to note: Those targeted at the embassy represented Iran’s elite Quds force – a designated foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department.

Read More: Israeli strike on Iran’s consulate in Syria killed 2 generals and 5 other officers, Iran says (The Associated Press)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas