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Israel-Hamas war: Iran says it struck sites in Syria, Iraq

Iran's Revolutionary Guards said they had attacked Israel's "spy headquarters" in Iraq's Kurdistan region with missiles. Meanwhile, Israel said it would soon end its "intensive" Gaza operations. DW has more.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards said they attacked Israel's "spy headquarters" in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, state media reported late Monday.

"Ballistic missiles were used to destroy espionage centers and gatherings of anti-Iranian terrorist groups in the region late tonight," the Guards said in a statement, naming Israel's Mossad spy agency.

In another statement, the Revolutionary Guards said it had hit "terrorist operations" including so-called "Islamic State" targets in Syria "and destroyed them by firing a number of ballistic missiles."

Explosions were heard in an area about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northeast of Erbil in the Kurdistan region, three security sources said, in a neighborhood near the US consulate as well as civilian residences. No US facilities were hit by the missile strikes, US officials told Reuters news agency.

At least four civilians were killed and six injured in the strikes on Erbil, the Kurdish government said in a statement, calling the attack a "crime." Multimillionaire Kurdish businessman Peshraw Dizayee and several members of his family were reported among the dead.

The strikes come at a time of heightened tension in the region and fears of a wider spillover from the ongoing war in Gaza.

Since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war on October 7, Iranian-backed militias in Iraq have launched near-daily drone attacks on bases housing US military forces in Iraq and Syria, in what the groups say is retaliation for Washington's support of Israel and an attempt to force US troops to leave the region.

Second publication by courtesy of DW


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