Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations said that the Israeli regime's action in martyring Iran's advisers in Syria was criminal and terrorist, calling on the international community and the Security Council to strongly condemn this provocative and criminal act.

Iran PressAmerica: On the morning of Monday, March 7, the Israeli regime, in gross violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic, launched a missile attack on an area north of Damascus, killing two Iranian military officials who were advising the Syrian military against terrorism.

Iranian advisers are present in Syria at the official request and invitation of the Syrian government to provide advisory services to assist the Syrian military in the fight against terrorism, in particular the fight against the terrorist group ISIS.

The ambassador also condemned the Israeli regime’s recurrent strikes against the Syrian territory, saying the attacks had recently been targeting civilians and civilian infrastructures, and noting how this constitutes flagrant violations of international humanitarian law.

He stated that the international community in general and the Security Council, in particular, must firmly condemn such provocative and criminal acts and hold the Israeli regime accountable for its unlawful actions, which pose a serious threat to international peace and security.

Iran's envoy also stated while recognizing that the Israeli regime is fully responsible for all the consequences of these criminal acts, and seriously warning the regime about taking further adventuristic and malevolent measures, the Islamic Republic of Iran reserves its inherent right to self-defense, under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, to respond to such criminal act whenever it deems appropriate.

I should be grateful if the present letter could be circulated as a document of the Security Council. 219