Explosion Targets Hezbollah Official in Damascus

The Iranian consulate building in Damascus after it was targeted by an Israeli air strike in early April. (Reuters)
The Iranian consulate building in Damascus after it was targeted by an Israeli air strike in early April. (Reuters)
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Explosion Targets Hezbollah Official in Damascus

The Iranian consulate building in Damascus after it was targeted by an Israeli air strike in early April. (Reuters)
The Iranian consulate building in Damascus after it was targeted by an Israeli air strike in early April. (Reuters)

An explosive device detonated on Saturday in a car in the Mazzeh neighborhood in Damascus where the headquarters of the Iranian embassy and other foreign missions are located.

The official SANA news agency quoted a source at the Damascus Police Command as saying: “The sound of the explosion that was heard in the Mazzeh area resulted from the explosion of an explosive device in a vehicle in Al-Huda Square,” pointing to material damage.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said the bomb was placed inside a black Jeep near a restaurant, less than two kilometers from the Iranian embassy.

No information has been received so far about human losses, nor the identity of the targeted person. The owner of the vehicle was not in his car at the time of the explosion.

The monitor suggested that the target was a Lebanese figure working with Hezbollah, adding that many pro-Iranian figures and Syrian regime officers reside in Mazzeh.

The explosion occurred amid intense tension after Iran pledged to respond to an air strike that targeted its consulate in Damascus and was attributed to Israel.

The attack that destroyed the Iranian consulate, adjacent to the embassy building, on April 1, led to the death of seven members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, including two senior officers.



UN Human Rights Chief: Situation in West Bank 'Drastically Deteriorating'

Palestinian Muslims gather at the Al-Aqsa mosques compound in Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock in the background, on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday marking the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah, on June 16, 2024. (PAFP)
Palestinian Muslims gather at the Al-Aqsa mosques compound in Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock in the background, on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday marking the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah, on June 16, 2024. (PAFP)
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UN Human Rights Chief: Situation in West Bank 'Drastically Deteriorating'

Palestinian Muslims gather at the Al-Aqsa mosques compound in Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock in the background, on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday marking the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah, on June 16, 2024. (PAFP)
Palestinian Muslims gather at the Al-Aqsa mosques compound in Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock in the background, on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday marking the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah, on June 16, 2024. (PAFP)

The United Nations human rights chief on Tuesday warned that the rights situation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, was drastically deteriorating, while there had been "unconscionable death and suffering" in Gaza.

"The situation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is dramatically deteriorating," said Volker Turk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

He said that as of June 15, 528 Palestinians, 133 of them children, had been killed by Israeli security forces or settlers since October, in some cases raising "serious concerns of unlawful killings."