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Iranian general in Lebanon killed
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TEHRAN – An Iranian general has been killed by elements affiliated with the Zionist regime while traveling from Syria to Lebanon, the head of the public relations department of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps announced on Thursday.       
 
“Brigadier General Hassan Shateri was martyred on his way from Damascus to Beirut by mercenaries and individuals backed by the Zionist regime,” Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif said. 
 
According to him, Shateri was in charge of the Iranian committee for the reconstruction of Lebanon that was established after the war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006.  
 
“What is obvious is that these mercenaries will get nowhere with these nefarious and criminal actions,” Sharif said. 
 
It was not immediately clear in which of the two countries Shateri was killed, but a Syrian rebel commander said an Iranian official was killed in an attack carried out by Syrian rebels in Zabadani in southwestern Syria, close to the Lebanese border, Guardian reported on Thursday. 
 
A funeral service was held for Shateri in Tehran on Thursday. Senior Iranian commanders attended the funeral ceremony. 
 
Shateri was laid to rest in the Iranian city of Semnan, the provincial capital, on Friday. 
 
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad offered condolences over the death of Shateri and blamed the incident on mercenaries backed by the Zionist regime. 
 
In addition, Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour on Thursday condemned the assassination of the Iranian general. 
 
EP/PA 
 
 

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