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.



Yemen's Houthis Say to Escalate Military Operations in Support of Gaza

A Houthi military helicopter flies over a cargo ship in the Red Sea. (Reuters)
A Houthi military helicopter flies over a cargo ship in the Red Sea. (Reuters)
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Yemen's Houthis Say to Escalate Military Operations in Support of Gaza

A Houthi military helicopter flies over a cargo ship in the Red Sea. (Reuters)
A Houthi military helicopter flies over a cargo ship in the Red Sea. (Reuters)

Yemen's Houthis will continue their military operations and escalate them "in quality and quantity" in support of Palestinians in Israel's war in Gaza, the Iran-backed group's leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi said in a televised speech on Thursday, Reuters reported.

The group have been attacking ships in the Red Sea region since November, forcing shippers to re-route cargo to longer and more expensive journeys around southern Africa.

The group later expanded the scope of its attacks to the Indian Ocean and said it would also target any ships heading towards Israeli ports in the Mediterranean Sea.