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Israel suspends combat unit leave amid Iran's threat of revenge

Iran promises harsh response to Damascus strike

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Israel has suspended leave for combat units and increased its air defense readiness due to potential missile or drone threats from Iran. This action comes after senior Revolutionary Guard commanders were killed in a Syrian airstrike earlier this week.

According to a report on The Guardian, the Israeli military is considering reopening shelters in Tel Aviv as a precautionary measure against possible attacks, according to Mehr News Agency.

"In accordance with the situational assessment, it has been decided that leave will be temporarily paused for all IDF (Israel Defense Forces) combat units. The IDF is at war, and the deployment of forces is under continuous assessment according to requirements," stated the military.

Iran has vowed revenge after an airstrike destroyed the Iranian consulate in Damascus, killing at least 11 people, including a senior commander in the al-Quds force of the IRGC.

Iran's foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, criticized the aggression, stating, "We consider this aggression to have violated all diplomatic norms and international treaties."

Iran's ambassador to Syria, Hossein Akbari, pledged a response "at the same magnitude and harshness."

Amos Yadlin, a former Israeli intelligence chief, warned that Iran may retaliate on Friday, the last day of Ramadan and Iran's Quds (Jerusalem) Day.

"I will not be surprised if Iran acts tomorrow. Don’t panic. Don’t run to the shelters," advised Yadlin.

On Thursday, Iran repatriated the bodies of seven IRGC members killed in the strike.

[With information sourced from The Guardian]

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