The Britain-based conflict monitor with a community of sources inside Syria mentioned the focused constructing belonged to the IRGC and that Mazzeh is understood to be a high-security zone the place leaders of the IRGC and pro-Iran Palestinian factions reside.
The neighbourhood additionally homes the United Nations headquarters, embassies and eating places.
“They had been for positive concentrating on senior members” of Tehran-backed teams or Iranian forces, Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman advised AFP.
Exchanges of fireplace
Saturday’s presumed Israeli strike was the second high-profile focused assassination in Syria in lower than a month.
In December, an air strike killed a senior Iranian normal in Syria.
Razi Moussavi was probably the most senior commander of the Quds Pressure to be killed outdoors Iran since a Jan 2020 US drone strike in Baghdad killed IRGC commander Qasem Soleimani.
On Jan 2 in neighbouring Lebanon, the place the highly effective Iran-backed Hezbollah holds sway, Hamas deputy Saleh al-Aruri was killed in a strike extensively blamed on Israel.
Days later, Israel killed high Hezbollah commander Wissam Tawil in a strike in south Lebanon.
For the reason that Israel-Hamas conflict started there have been common cross-border exchanges of fireplace between Israel and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.
Saturday’s Damascus strike got here 4 days after the IRGC mentioned it attacked “an Israeli intelligence headquarters” in Arbil, capital of Iraq’s northern autonomous province of Kurdistan.
Iraqi authorities mentioned the assault killed 4 civilians and wounded six others.
Israel not often feedback on particular person strikes concentrating on Syria, however has repeatedly mentioned it won’t enable Iran, which backs President Bashar al-Assad’s authorities, to increase its presence there.
Since 2011, Syria has endured a bloody battle that has claimed greater than half 1,000,000 lives and displaced a number of million individuals.