Damascus/Tehran, December 25, 2023 – In a significant escalation in Middle Eastern tensions, an Israeli airstrike near Damascus resulted in the death of Sayyed Razi Mousavi, a high-ranking member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The event occurred amidst Israel-Hamas hostilities in Gaza, leading to stringent Iranian responses and threats of serious countermeasures.
Mousavi, a leading IRGC commander in Syria, was killed in Damascus’s Zeinab suburb. A central figure in Syrian IRGC operations, Mousavi had strong connections with the late Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani. The IRGC confirmed his death, emphasizing its proximity to the fourth anniversary of Soleimani’s assassination.
Israel, while not formally accepting responsibility, hinted at Mousavi’s role in supervising Iran-backed militias in Syria and links to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Anticipating retaliation, Israel is reportedly bracing for potential rocket strikes from Syria and Lebanon.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi vehemently condemned the killing, warning of inevitable repercussions for Israel, which he portrayed as a display of Israel’s regional vulnerability. Iranian officials echoed the sentiment, signaling major reprisal actions against Israel.
This latest incident suggests a deepening crisis in the region, raising concerns over its impact on broader Middle Eastern stability.