FILE PHOTO: Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) military personnel attend a ceremony to mark former commander of the Basij Paramilitary Force, Mohammad Hossein-Zadeh Hejazi, in the Iranian Interior Ministry building in downtown Tehran, on April 14, 2022. REUTERS./

 – A second Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps member who served as a military adviser in Syria died following an Israeli air strike near Damascus, Iranian state media reported on Sunday.

“Meqdad Mehghani Jafarabadi, a member of the Revolutionary Guards, was wounded in a criminal attack of the Zionist regime on Friday and was martyred due to the severity of his injuries,” the Revolutionary Guards said in a statement published on Sunday.

“The crimes of the Zionist regime will not go unanswered and they will pay for this,” they added.

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Israel has for years carried out attacks against what it has described as Iran-linked targets in Syria, where Tehran’s influence has grown since it began supporting President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war that began in 2011.

Iran says its officers serve in an advisory role in Syria at the invitation of Damascus. Dozens of Revolutionary Guards members including senior officers have been killed in Syria during the war.

Friday’s air strike, the sixth attack by Israel in Syria in March according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, also killed another Revolutionary Guards officer and military adviser, Milad Haydari.

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(Reporting by Dubai Newsroom; Editing by William Mallard and Hugh Lawson)

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