The Iranian embassy in Lebanon announced late Wednesday the martyrdom of the head of the Iranian Committee for Reconstruction of Lebanon, engineer Hussam Khoshnevis.
“It is with great sorrow and regret, the Iranian Embassy announces the martyrdom of engineer Hussam Khoshnevis, the head of the Iranian Committee for Reconstruction in Lebanon, while he was en route from Damascus to Beirut at the hands of armed terrorists.”
The statement added that Iran’s Ambassador Ghazanfar Roknabadi will receive condolences on Thursday and Friday.
The Iranian Committee for Reconstruction of Lebanon was established following the brutal Israeli War against Lebanon in July 2006.
Assailants shot dead an Iranian Revolutionary Guards chief in an ambush on the way from Damascus towards the Lebanese capital, the Iranian authorities said on Thursday.
Iran’s elite fighting force named him as commander Hassan Shateri, in a statement that said he was killed on Tuesday.
“Commander Hassan Shateri was martyred en route from Damascus to Beirut at the hands of Zionist regime mercenaries and backers,” the force’s spokesman, Ramezan Sherif, said in the statement.
Sherif identified Shateri as a Revolutionary Guards commander who was also head of the Iranian Committee for the Reconstruction of Lebanon.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said he “strongly condemned this terrorist act.”
Cited by Iranian media, Salehi said he “valued the selfless services of this commander of Islam and his tireless efforts in the reconstruction of the damaged areas in the southern Lebanon.”
Last month, US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford criticized Iran’s “unhelpful” role in the Syrian conflict.
“They are sending arms, they are sending other kinds of experts, and in fact we know that they are sending Iran Revolutionary Guard” members, said Ford, who who was recalled from Damascus in October 2011 because of security threats.
The commander of the Revolutionary Guards, General Ali Jaafari, said in September that members of the Quds Force, the Guards’ elite special operations unit, were in Syria and Lebanon but insisted they were only there to provide “counsel.”
Iran’s foreign ministry later denied any Revolutionary Guards were present in Syria, saying Jaafari’s comments had been published out of context.
Iran’s Fars news agency said Shateri was killed on Tuesday, but did not elaborate.
His funeral in Tehran on Thursday was attended by Jaafari, Qassem Soleimani who heads the foreign operations Quds Force unit, and Ali Saidi, representative of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Iran Confirms Assassination of Official by Terrorists in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian mission in Beirut on Thursday confirmed the assassination of Hassan Shateri, the head of the Iranian delegation in charge of developmental projects in Lebanon, by the terrorist groups in Syria.
The embassy said in a statement that Hassan Shateri was assassinated by terrorist groups in Syria while he was on his way back to Lebanon from the Syrian city of Aleppo.
Martyr Shateri who was in Aleppo to implement reconstruction and development projects in that city, was assassinated by Syrian terrorists while he was on his way to the Damascus airport to return to Lebanon, the Islamic republic news agency reported.
The Iranian development delegation headed by Martyr Shateri played a major role in reconstructing southern Lebanon after the Zionist regime’s 33-day war against the country in 2006.
Martyr Shateri was highly respected by the Lebanese people and officials.
The Lebanese newspaper al-Safir reported on Thursday that martyr Shateri was in Aleppo to study some reconstruction projects in parts of the Syrian city.
A ceremony is to be held for martyr Shateri in Iran’s Embassy in Beirut later on Thursday.
Head of Iranian Commission for Reconstruction in Lebanon Martyred by Terrorists
BEIRUT, (SANA)- The Iranian Embassy in Beirut announced that Chairman of the Iranian Commission for Reconstruction in Lebanon, Hussam Khoshnevis, was martyred at the hands of terrorist groups on his way back to Beirut from Damascus.