WHO staff and Iranian adviser are among those killed in Syria airstrike | Syria war news

The Syrian Observatory said the targeted villa was “acting as a communications center” in the area.

Air strikes in eastern Syria have killed at least eight people, including a World Health Organization worker and an Iranian military adviser, according to war monitors and Syrian state media.

It was not immediately clear who was behind Tuesday’s airstrike.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based war monitoring group affiliated with the Syrian opposition, has at least 15 members, including an adviser, two bodyguards and nine Iranian fighters from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). announced that he had died. two Syrians working with Iranians and a group supported by

Syrian state media said at least seven soldiers and one civilian were killed, including members of the Revolutionary Guards. The attack, which targeted residential areas and military facilities in Deir Ezzor province, injured at least 19 other soldiers and 13 civilians and caused significant damage to public and private property, according to Syrian state media.

Emad Shehab, an engineer in the regional capital Deir Ezzor, was killed when his building was hit in a series of airstrikes across the region, the WHO said.

Shehab worked as the WHO’s focal point for water, sanitation and hygiene in Syrian cities, the newspaper said.

“Shehab’s untimely death is not only a great loss for her loved ones, but also a great reminder of the continued violence and suffering endured by the Syrian people,” Hanan Balki, WHO’s regional director for the Eastern Mediterranean, said in a statement. It’s also a stark reminder.”

“My colleagues and I are heartbroken by the tragic loss of another colleague in an airstrike in #Syria this morning,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wrote on X.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the strike. Israel sometimes attacks Iran-linked targets in Syria, but rarely acknowledges it.

The United States said it was not involved in the nighttime attack.

“We did not conduct any airstrikes in Syria last night,” Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh told reporters in Washington.

Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported that the attack was “carried out by the Zionist regime,” referring to Israel.

IRNA identified the slain military adviser as Behruz Vahedi and said he belonged to the Quds Force, the external operations arm of the Revolutionary Guards.

The observation group said this was the first attack in eastern Syria since early February.

Hamoud al-Jabour, who lives a short walk from the villa, told AFP he was woken up by the explosion.

“This was one of the biggest strikes I’ve ever heard,” he said. “House windows were broken, power was cut out in several areas, and major roads were closed.”

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