Relations between Israel and Iran have dramatically deteriorated as the former fired dozens of missiles at alleged Iranian targets in Syria on Thursday, and Tehran’s letter to the UN accusing Tel Aviv of aiding terrorist groups in the Arab Republic is expected to add to mounting tensions.
“Israeli reckless action in this instance only helped [Daesh] and other terrorist groups in Syria. There is, indeed, enough evidence of the Israeli support to these terrorist groups… and this incident clearly demonstrates their destructive policy in assisting those groups for the purpose destabilizing the region,” wrote Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo, as cited by The Jerusalem Post.
The document allegedly refers to the February escalation, when an Israeli attack helicopter shot down what it said was an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle that had crossed into the Israeli-held Golan Heights.
The UN envoy allegedly claimed that the drone, flying near “the border of Jordan and the occupied Palestinian territories,” was on a reconnaissance mission, closely monitoring Islamist movements in the area.
“Contrary to their made-up claim,” Khoshroo said, the drone “was neither armed nor had intention for engagement or mission for possible attack anywhere.”