Deputy Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations called on the United Nations Security Council to force Israel to end the occupation of the Golan Heights and aggression against Syria.

Iran PressAmerica: Zahra Ershadi was addressing a UN Security Council session on the situation in Syria on Monday during which she strongly condemned "all aggressions of the Israeli regime against Syria."

Reaffirming Syria’s inherent right to self-defense and to respond to Israel's acts of aggression at a time and place of its choosing, the Iranian diplomat said, “The Security Council must compel the Israeli regime to end the occupation of the Syrian Golan and also stop immediately its aggressions against Syria.”

Ershadi added that “the continued occupation of parts of Syrian territory by foreign forces, which constitutes a flagrant violation of international law and the UN Charter, must come to an end.”

“All occupying and uninvited foreign forces must leave that country without any precondition or further delay,” Iran’s envoy said.

She then referred to a recent report by the New York Times, which said based on newly obtained Pentagon documents that the US military’s aerial campaigns in the Middle East have been marked by “deeply flawed intelligence and claimed the lives of thousands of civilians, including many children, without accountability.”

According to the report, published by the New York Times on Saturday, a trove of confidential documents covering more than 1,300 reports of civilian casualties undercuts Washington’s claims of aerial raids with “all-seeing” drones, precision strikes, and smart bombs.

Iran’s envoy said, “The recent reports by the US media about the killing of dozens of Syrian civilians such as farmers, children, and villagers, by the United States forces, which, we strongly condemn, indicate the urgency of their withdrawal from Syria.”

“The Syrian crisis must be settled peacefully and in accordance with principles of international law, particularly the full respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States,” she noted.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran continues to support the people and government of Syria to restore the unity and territorial integrity of their country,” Ershadi concluded.