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The Syrian defence ministry said the strike killed “a number of civilians”.

An AFP journalist at the scene said the building had been reduced to a heap of debris. It was cordoned off with ambulances, firefighters and Syrian Arab Red Crescent teams on site as rescuers searched for survivors.

“I heard the explosion clearly in the western Mazzeh area, and I saw a large cloud of smoke,” a resident told AFP, requesting anonymity for security concerns.

“The sound was similar to a missile explosion, and minutes later I heard the sound of ambulances,” he added.

HUNDREDS OF ISRAELI STRIKES

When asked about the strike, the Israeli army told AFP: “We do not comment on reports from the foreign media”.

During more than a decade of civil war in Syria, Israel has launched hundreds of air strikes on its territory, primarily targeting Iran-backed forces as well as Syrian army positions.

But it has intensified attacks since the war between Israel and Hamas, which like Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement is an ally of Iran, began on Oct 7.

The Observatory said an Israeli strike on a four-storey building killed 10 people after four more bodies were recovered from the rubble, of the destroyed building “where Iran-aligned leaders were meeting” in Damascus.

Among the dead were Iranians and other Tehran-backed fighters, its director, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP.

The British-based war monitor with a network of sources inside Syria said the targeted building belonged to the IRGC and that the neighbourhood is known to be a high-security zone home to leaders of the IRGC and pro-Iran Palestinian factions.

The Mazzeh area is also home to the United Nations’ headquarters, embassies and restaurants.

“They were for sure targeting senior members” of Tehran-backed groups or Iranian forces, Abdel Rahman told AFP.

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