Photo Credit: Resistance News Network
Brigadier General Mohammed Reza Zahedi (Hajj Abu Mahdi), a senior commander of the IRGC's Quds Force in Syria and Lebanon.

Israel has allegedly assassinated an operative of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Tehran, according to the Iran International opposition news outlet.

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The Iran International correspondent quoted by Israel’s Channel 12 News, Furia Zara’ati reported that the assassination was carried out last December with “several bullets.”

No further details about the attack or its location were made available.

Neither the Israeli nor the Iranian government has issued a statement about the incident, in accordance with the long-standing policy of ambiguity over covert activities in both countries.

The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement on December 14, 2023, saying the Mossad and the Shin Bet hailed Denmark’s intelligence agencies for their “intensive and comprehensive intelligence investigation” that led to the arrest in Denmark of “seven terrorist operatives acting on behalf of the terrorist organization Hamas, and foiled an attack aimed at killing innocent citizens on European soil.”

The PMO quoted the two intelligence agencies noting that recent years, “and even more so after the murderous attack on October 7, Hamas strives to expand its operational capabilities around the world and in Europe in particular in order to realize its ambitions to hit Israeli, Jewish and Western targets at any cost.

“Hamas works indiscriminately and in every way to expand its deadly activities to Europe, thus posing a threat to the internal security of these countries. The Mossad and the Shin Bet will continue to operate in a combination of forces and capabilities with their partners in Israel and around the world in order to repel the intentions of Hamas and eliminate its capabilities,” the two intelligence agencies added in the statement.

Israel has carried out several assassinations of Iranian military officials and nuclear scientists in recent years. Iran has repeatedly pledged to wipe Israel off the map.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.