Airstrike destroys Iranian embassy in Syria

Israeli forces are reported to have launched an airstrike on Monday on the Iranian embassy in Syria. At least seven people were killed, including a senior military commander.

Israeli officers are believed to have targeted the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in Syria repeatedly over the last few months. They have not commented on the attack in Damascus. But Iranian state media reports the dead include a leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards.

Iran's ambassador to Syria, Hossein Akbari, issued a warning to Israeli leaders. "The Zionist entity knows very well that such crimes, any kind of crimes, will not come without a response," he said.

Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said attacks on diplomats are "unjustified." "We expressed our condolences for the casualties and our sadness for these strikes," he said. Mekdad held a call with the Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian who said the strike is a "breach of all international conventions." Amir-Abdollahian said that repeated defeats in Gaza had caused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to lose his "mental balance."

The suggestion came as Israeli forces claimed another victory in Gaza. They wrapped up an assault on Al-Shifa hospital after two weeks of fighting. They had said they had to clear it of "terrorists." They claim to have killed 200 militants and arrested hundreds of others. But medics and Hamas leaders deny any armed presence in hospitals.

Editorial note: An earlier report incorrectly stated that at least "eight" people were killed in the attack. The figure should have been "seven."