The death of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, Iran's key figure in the Middle East, in a US attack on Iraq has sparked condemnation and revolt in several countries and powers in the region that join Tehran promising reprisals against the United States.
Syria has strongly condemned what it called the "treacherous and criminal US aggression" that killed the Iranian general, warning that it constitutes a "dangerous escalation" of tension in the region.
The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the attack reaffirmed the US responsibility for instability in Iraq as part of its policy of "creating tensions and fueling conflicts in the countries of the region."
The Syrian Ministry's note indicated that the attack would only strengthen the determination to continue on the path "by the martyred resistance leaders against US interference in the affairs of countries in the region."
Yemen's Huthi rebels, backed by Tehran, today called for "rapid and direct reprisals" following the assassination of the powerful Iranian general.
"We condemn this murder and understand that rapid and direct reprisals are the solution," said Mohammed Ali al-Huthi, a senior official in the political leadership of the Huthis rebels, in his Twitter account.
Backed by Iran, Huthis rebels in 2014 seized Yemen's capital, Sana, and entire areas of the country, devastated by a war that caused the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN.
Lebanese Shi'ite movement leader Hezbollah, a great ally of Iran, today promised “just punishment” to the “criminal killers” responsible for the Iranian general's death.
The ruling Hamas Islamist movement in the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian enclave of two million people, condemned the US attack on "martyr" Qassem Soleimani, "one of Iran's most eminent warlords."
The Palestinian group said the attack was "US crime that increases tensions in the region."
The Palestinian People's Liberation Front (PFLP), an armed group, called for a "coordinated" response from the "resistance forces" in the region.
The Revolutionary Guard confirmed the death of General Qassem Soleimani following an air raid this morning at Baghdad airport that also targeted the 'number two' of the coalition of pro-Iranian paramilitary groups in Iraq, Abu Mehdi al Muhandis, known as the Popular Mobilization (Hachd al-Chaabi).
The President of the United States ordered the death of Iranian elite force commander Al-Quds, General Qassem Soleimani, the Pentagon said in a statement.
In the note, the Pentagon said Soleimani was "actively developing plans to attack US diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region."
Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei has promised to avenge the death of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani today and has declared three days of national mourning.
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