Abdullahian said, "Tehran holds Israel responsible for the consequences of the attack," stressing the need for the international community to take a firm stance regarding these criminal actions, he said. He added: "We strongly condemn the attack on our consulate in Damascus. Netanyahu (Benjamin, the Israeli Prime Minister) has lost his mental balance." Completely because of the successive failures in Gaza, and the failure to achieve the ambitious goals of the Zionists.” The Iranian ambassador to Syria, Hossein Akbari, had announced that “five to seven people were killed following the Israeli attack on the Iranian consulate building in Damascus.” According to the Iranian Students News Agency, he said Akbari: “We have to wait until the completion of the process of removing the rubble to obtain accurate statistics,” stressing that “the Iranian consulate building in Damascus was attacked by F-35 fighters with 6 missiles.” He added: “I was at my workplace in the embassy and I saw from my room that The building was damaged,” stressing that “the Israeli enemy will receive a strict response to its crime that violates international laws.” Earlier today, Iranian state television reported that the commander of the “Quds Force” of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Mohammad Reza Zahedi, was killed as a result of the Israeli raid that targeted The Iranian consulate building in the Syrian capital, Damascus. The Iranian “Danishjo” news agency reported, “Mohammed Reza Zahedi, commander of the Quds Force, was killed in the bombing of the Mezzeh neighborhood in Damascus.” The Syrian Defense said, in a statement, today, Monday, that “at approximately one o’clock 00:17 pm today (Damascus time), the Israeli enemy launched an air aggression from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan, targeting the Iranian consulate building in Damascus. Our air defense media responded to the aggression’s missiles and shot down some of them. The aggression led to the destruction of the entire building and the martyrdom and injury of everyone inside, and work is underway to recover them. The bodies of the martyrs, the treatment of the wounded, and the removal of rubble.” Today, Monday, a Sputnik correspondent reported hearing violent explosions southwest of the Syrian capital, Damascus. A Sputnik correspondent said that columns of smoke were rising from the Mezzeh area, on the southwestern outskirts of the capital, Damascus. The correspondent obtained According to information indicating that Israeli aircraft launched a number of missiles from the airspace of the occupied Syrian Golan, and that Syrian air defenses shot down most of the Israeli missiles before they reached their target. The Sputnik correspondent also reported that the headquarters of the Iranian embassy in Syria, in the Mezzeh neighborhood in the capital, Damascus, was damaged as a result of the raid. The Israeli air force targeted a building adjacent to it. According to the “Sputnik” correspondent, the available information indicates that there were casualties and injuries as a result of the Israeli aggression on the Mezzeh neighborhood in Damascus. According to the “Sputnik” correspondent, the commander of the Iranian “Quds Force” in Lebanon and Syria, Brigadier General Muhammad Reda Zahedi was among the victims of the Israeli aggression against the Iranian consulate in Damascus. The Syrian “SANA” agency reported, saying: “Syrian air defense media responded to enemy air targets in the vicinity of the capital, Damascus, resulting in loud explosions.” A Sputnik correspondent in Damascus reported. Yesterday, Sunday, Syrian air defenses intercepted enemy missiles in the vicinity of the capital, Damascus.A Sputnik correspondent in Damascus said that the Syrian air defenses responded to an Israeli aggression in the vicinity of the capital, Damascus. The correspondent confirmed that the interceptor missiles of the Syrian air defense force confronted most of the Israeli missiles in the southern and southwestern airspace of the countryside of the capital, Damascus.