Revenge Vowed at Funeral of Iranian General Killed in Airstrike

Revolutionary Guards commander buries general killed in Israeli strike, and vows 'obliteration of Zionist regime.'

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Hezbollah terrorists killed in the same airstrike were buried Tuesday
Hezbollah terrorists killed in the same airstrike were buried Tuesday
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Thousands gathered in Tehran Wednesday at a funeral procession for a Revolutionary Guards general killed by Israel, after his commander warned the Jewish state it should "await destructive thunderbolts".

General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi died alongside six terrorists from Lebanon's Hezbollah group in the attack Sunday near Quneitra on the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights.

Allahdadi's coffin was draped in an Iranian flag as it was carried into a Guards base in southeast Tehran. He is to be buried on Thursday in Pariz, a town in the southern province of Kerman.

"The path of martyr Allahdadi is unstoppable and will be continued until the liberation of the Holy Quds (Jerusalem) and obliteration of the Zionist regime," Guards commander Major General Ali Jafari said at a ceremony at the base, according to the official IRNA news agency.  

The mourners chanted "Death to Israel" and burned two Israeli flags.  

Allahdadi died alongside Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of assassinated Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh, and Mohammed Issa, the Hezbollah commander responsible for the terror group's operations in Syria and Iraq.  

An Israeli security source told AFP one of its helicopters carried out the strike, but a United Nations' observer force in the Golan on raised the possibility that drones may have been used.

On Tuesday, Jafari took aim at Israel, saying "the Zionists should await destructive thunderbolts."  

"They have in the past seen our wrath," he said, adding the Guards "will continue its support for Muslim fighters and combatants in the region."  

For his part, the defense minister, Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan, said "this action of Zionists will not be left without a response. The important thing is the question of the time and place of this response."

Mohsen Rezaie, secretary of Iran's Expediency Council, added that Hezbollah would eventually retaliate against "this recent atrocity," but that the group was "prudent and has a long term plan and will not be infuriated."

Once solely focused on fighting Israel, Hezbollah is now deeply involved in the war in Syria, where it backs President Bashar al-Assad.

Shia Iran is Assad's main regional ally in his war against the mainly Sunni rebels seeking to overthrow him.

Hezbollah's Al-Manar television said the group's six fighters were killed on a reconnaissance mission.

But an Israeli security source said the strike was on terrorists who were preparing an attack on the Jewish state.

The incident came days after Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah threatened to retaliate against Israel for its repeated preemptive strikes on targets in Syria, and boasted the movement was stronger than ever.

He touted a sophisticated arsenal, including Fateh-110 missiles, which have a range of 200 kilometers (125 miles) or more and are capable of hitting much of Israel.