Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei presided over the funeral prayers on Thursday for Sayyed Razi Mousavi, a senior adviser within the Revolutionary Guards, who Iran stated was killed in an Israeli airstrike in Syria. During the ceremony, Khamenei honored the martyr’s unwavering dedication and urged for his eternal association with those safeguarding what is considered sacred, as reported by state TV.
Mourners chanted “Death to America, Death to Israel” during a funeral service for Mousavi at Iraq’s most revered Shia shrine in the city of Najaf on Wednesday.
An Israeli military spokesperson declined specific comment about Mousavi’s death on Monday, but said it took whatever action that was necessary to defend the country.
Since the eruption of war between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas on Oct. 7, Iran-backed groups have mounted operations against Israel, while others, including militias in Iraq, have threatened US interests.
Israel has for years carried out attacks against what it describes as Iran-linked targets in Syria, where Tehran’s influence has grown since it backed President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war that erupted in Syria in 2011.