Iran confirms assassination of IRGC General in Lebanon
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 14 / Trend, D.Khatinoglu, S. Isayev/
The head of the IRGC's public relations office, General Ramazan Sharif confirmed on Thursday that Gen. Hassan Shateri was killed by "mercenaries of the Zionist regime" when he was going in en route of Damascus- Beirut, Fars news agency reported.
Sharif said Gen.Shateri was the head of Iran's Re-construction Headquarter in Lebanon.
"He was responsible official for reconstruction works after 33-day war between Israel and Hizbullah in the Lebanon," he said.
General Hassan Shateri was reportedly killed on Tuesday by unknown gunmen as he was traveling by road from Syria to Lebanon.
Israeli elements have been blamed for the assassination of the IRGC general.
Iran is a close ally of Syria and the militant group called Hezbollah. Tehran reportedly provides political and military support to both.
Earlier, AP quoted Iranian website mashreghnews, that IRGC General Ghasem Soleimani, the head of IRGC's Quds Force, visited Shateri's family to express condolences.