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IDF eliminates advisor to Iran's Revolutionary Guard in Syria, Reuters reports

IDF eliminates advisor to Iran's Revolutionary Guard in Syria, Reuters reports Illustrative photo (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

Senior advisor of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, Sayyed Razi Mousavi, was eliminated by the Israeli army during an airstrike near the Syrian capital, Damascus, reports Reuters.

According to the media, Mousavi was responsible for coordinating the military alliance between Syria and Iran. As claimed in Iran, he was one of the senior advisors of the guard in Syria.

Iran's Ambassador to Damascus, Hossein Akbari, informed Iranian state television that Musavi had been appointed to the embassy as a diplomat and was killed by Israeli missiles after returning home from work.

Meanwhile, Iran stated that Israel would suffer for Musavi's killing.

"The usurper and savage Zionist regime will pay for this crime," said a statement by the guards read on Iranian state television.

There were no comments from Israeli military officials.

Iran's involvement in Israel and Hamas war

From the early days of the conflict, the U.S. claimed that Iran was an accomplice in the war. They trained Hamas fighters, and their proxies (such as Hezbollah) attacked Israel or American bases, destabilizing the region.

Iran denies its involvement, and recently Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, assured Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh that their country would not engage in a war against Israel on behalf of Hamas.

War in Israel

On October 7, Hamas militants invaded Israel, targeting and killing both military and civilian individuals. Soon, Jerusalem announced Operation Iron Swords and struck terrorist locations in the Gaza Strip.

A temporary ceasefire for prisoner releases commenced on November 24 between Tel Aviv and militants. However, on December 1, Israel claimed the renewal of hostilities due to Hamas violating the ceasefire terms.

On December 14, the White House expressed a desire for the conflict between Israel and Hamas to end promptly. The same day, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant stated that the war might take several months.

President Joe Biden mentioned Israel losing global support due to "indiscriminate bombings" in the Gaza Strip. Additionally, the UN General Assembly voted in favor of a ceasefire demand.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that international pressure would not halt the war against Hamas.