An Israeli airstrike killed a high-ranking Iranian general in Damascus

The commander-in-chief of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Lebanon and Syria, Mohamed Reza Zahedi, along with his lieutenant and about five other officers, were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Monday. Zahedi is the highest-ranking Iranian who has died since the start of the current war, even higher than Sayed Reza Mousavi, who was killed in December, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Rescuers were seen climbing over the wreckage of a destroyed building in the diplomatic corps area adjacent to the central embassy building in the Mezze district of Damascus. An Iranian flag hung on a pillar in front of the rubble.