Four members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards were alleged to have been killed in an Israeli air strike on Damascus on Saturday, including a senior figure in its information unit, according to a security source in the regional pro-Syrian alliance. The strike, which the source said used precision-guided missiles, flattened a multi-story building in the neighborhood of Mazzeh in the Syrian capital. The security source, part of a network of groups close to Syria’s government and its major ally Iran, claimed that the multi-story building was used by Iranian advisers supporting President Bashar al-Assad’s government and that it was entirely flattened by “precision-targeted Israeli missiles.” There has been no immediate confirmation from Israel.
According to Essam Al-Amin, head of the Al-Mowasat Hospital in Damascus, his hospital received one corpse and three wounded people, including a woman, following Saturday’s attack. A spokesman for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad told Reuters that no members of their group were wounded in the strike, countering reports that some were at the bombed-out building.
Israel has a history of bombing Iran-linked targets in Syria and has recently shifted to deadlier strikes following an attack on Israel by terrorists of the Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamist group Hamas from Gaza. In December, Israeli strikes killed two Guards members, and another on Dec. 25 killed a senior adviser to the Guards overseeing military coordination between Syria and Iran.