المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Israel’s fruitless attack | Commanders of Hezbollah and Al-Quds Corps evacuate their headquarters shortly before the recent strikes on southern Damascus

The Syrian Observatory has obtained new details about the recent Israeli strikes on the south of Syria’s capital, Damascus, on February 28. According to very reliable SOHR sources, the attack’s objective was to kill three commanders of Al-Quds Corps, whose nationalities remained unknown if they were Iranians or Syrians, while unconfirmed reports have suggested that one of the three commanders was affiliated to the Lebanese Hezbollah. However, the commanders had evacuated their house in Sayeda Zeinab area in the south of Damascus, just a few hours before the Israeli attack. Accordingly, the Israeli attack’s objective has not been achieved.

 

It is worth noting that the commanders of these militias periodically change the place of residence and the places where weapons and ammunition are stored for fear of repeated attacks.

 

On March 1, SOHR sources reported that the number of casualties and material damage caused by the Israeli strikes on the positions of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Lebanese Hezbollah south of the capital Damascus remained unknown, due to the large security cordon imposed by the IRGC and Hezbollah on the targeted areas near al-Sayyida Zeinab.

 

SOHR sources say that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Lebanese Hezbollah imposed security cordon on the targeted military positions right after the strikes and prevented anyone from approaching without their leaders’ permission. SOHR sources added that pro-Iranian militias are periodically changing their positions in that area for fear of repeated attacks.

 

On the other hand, the recent Israeli strikes met with great public discontent and anger with the Iranian presence in Syria, which is the main cause of Israeli attacks. Tens of thousands of comments were made on social media by Syrians, expressing their discontent with the attack, some of which were monitored by the Syrian Observatory: “Why they don’t target Iran in its own territory? Why here in our territory? For how long we will live in fear because of Iran? What is Iran doing in our country in the first place? We have enough problems, we don’t want to pay for Iran’s actions.”

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