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Five IRGC advisors assassinated in Israeli aggression on Syria

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps says five of its military advisors have been assassinated in an Israeli strike in the Syrian capital.

The IRGC said in a statement on Saturday that the advisors were “martyred” along with a number of Syrian forces in the attack in Damascus.

The attack targeted a three-story residential building in the city’s Mezza neighborhood which houses several diplomatic missions.

“Once again, the barbaric and criminal Zionist regime launched an aggression on the city of Damascus, the capital of Syria, and a number of Syrian forces and four military advisers of the Islamic Republic of Iran were martyred during the air raid by the usurper regime’s fighter jets,” the statement said.

The IRGC had initially announced that four of its military advisors were assassinated in the Israeli strikes, but later said in a statement that a fifth succumbed to his injuries.

The IRGC named its martyred advisors as Hojjatollah Omidvar, Ali Aqazadeh, Hossein Mohammadi, Saeed Karimi and Mohammad Amin Samadi.

Israel frequently targets military positions inside Syria, especially those of resistance fighters, who have played a key role in helping the Syrian army in its fight against the foreign-backed terrorists.

The Tel Aviv regime has over the past months carried out airstrikes on various locations in Syria and Lebanon as the illegal entity attempts to expand its aggression against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip to other fronts across the region.

Iran maintains an advisory mission in Syria at the request of Damascus with the aim of helping the war-torn Arab country vanquish the foreign-backed militants who have been fighting the democratically-elected Syrian government since 2011.

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