Washington
1 April 2024

Syria state media reported Israeli strikes against the Iranian consulate in Damascus. The IRGC confirmed seven fatalities, including two senior commanders. Iran’s UN mission urged the Security Council to “take all necessary measures”, asserting: “Iran reserves its legitimate and inherent right… to take a decisive response to such reprehensible acts”. The following day, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei pledged that Israel would “be punished by our courageous men. We will make them regret this and other crimes like it”. Relatedly, Iran’s foreign ministry conveyed to the U.S. via the Swiss embassy in Tehran that as Israel’s “supporter”, the U.S. “should be held accountable”. A White House official asserted that “we had nothing to do with the strike in Damascus… We weren't involved in any way”.

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