The Revolutionary Guard’s Syria spy chief along with others were killed in a strike by Israel on Damascus, says Iran

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor, six people were killed in the strike conducted by Israel in the Mazzeh neighborhood of the Syrian capital.

On January 20 (Saturday) an Israeli strike on Damascus reportedly resulted in the death of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ spy chief for Syria and three additional Guards members. The attack, which occurred on Saturday, levelled a multi-story residential building in the Mazzeh neighbourhood of the Syrian capital.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor, six people were killed in the strike conducted by Israel in the Mazzeh neighbourhood of the Syrian capital. In the past weeks, Israel has been accused of accelerating strikes on senior Iranian and allied figures in Syria and Lebanon – backers of the militant group of Palestine, Hamas.

By quoting an informed source the Mehr news agency of Iran asserted, “The Revolutionary Guard’s Syria intel chief, his deputy, and two other Guards members were martyred in the attack on Syria by Israel.” The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in a statement accused Israel, its regional arch-foe, of carrying out strikes and stated that it lost four of its members due to the strikes.

The Mazzeh neighbourhood, a residential area in Damascus, witnessed the destruction of a significant structure, leaving the local community grappling with the aftermath of the attack. The strike took place during the mid-morning, eventually causing a large cloud of smoke into the sky as reported by the state media of Syria. SANA, the country’s official news agency informed that a residential building in Damascus’ Mazzeh neighbourhood had been earmarked in what it called an “Israeli aggression”.

The building that got destroyed was hemmed in with ambulances, Syrian Arab Red Crescent rescue teams, and firefighters said an AFP correspondent at the scene. He also said that the civil defence was busy searching for survivors under the wreckage of the completely collapsed building. The video footage from AFP showed that damaged cars were covered in debris. In a statement, an anonymous resident told AFP, “I heard the explosion clearly in the western Mazzah area, and I saw a large cloud of smoke.” He also said, “The sound was similar to a missile explosion, and minutes later I heard the sound of ambulances.”