Vehicles drive near the Iranian embassy in Damascus, Syria April 3, 2024.

EU Urges For Restraint After Airstrike On Iranian Embassy In Damascus

Wednesday, 04/03/2024

The European Union on Wednesday called for restraint after an airstrike on the Iranian embassy in Damascus killed seven Revolutionary Guards.

Iran attributed the attack to Israel, which resulted in the deaths of two of its generals and five military personnel at its embassy compound in Damascus. Israel, however, has not acknowledged responsibility for the strike, which stands as one of the most consequential attacks on Iranian interests in Syria to date.

"In this highly tense regional situation, it is imperative to show utmost restraint," Peter Stano, a spokesperson for the executive European Commission, said in a post on X.

The block also censured the attack saying that “The principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises and personnel must be respected in all cases and in all circumstances in accordance with international law."

However, some users slam the move by EU saying Europe is continuing to act as the "protective shield" of the Islamic Republic.

Jason Brodsky, policy director for think tank United Against A Nuclear Iran also slammed the EU saying “The European Union is condemning an attack targeting the IRGC terrorists commander Mohammad Reza Zahedi, whom it has sanctioned, and in the process falls hook, line, and sinker for the Iranian fiction that this was a diplomatic compound.”

Iran refrained from engaging in direct conflict with Israel amid the six-month conflict against Iran-backed Hamas in Gaza, while simultaneously backing its allies' strikes on Israeli and US targets.

Nevertheless, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pledged retaliation for the airstrike on Monday, which obliterated a consular building adjacent to the primary embassy complex in Damascus' upscale Mezzeh district which experts say was in fact a military compound.

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