This time in Syria is risky, violent, worrying — United Nations envoy

This time in Syria is risky, violent, worrying — United Nations envoy

Staffan de Mistura reiterated Secretary General Antonio Guterres's appeal to those fighting and all concerned countries "to deescalate immediately and unconditionally".

"The road to peace will come when all of the parties stop provoking each other, and choose the responsible path", Haley said.

The Foreign Ministry fears poison gas may leak into Israel if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons against rebels near the Golan Heights, and has reported warned of a punishing response should such a situation unfold.

"We do not want to believe that there are still forces that want to torpedo political progress for dubious geopolitical advantages..."

Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, reaffirmed Haley's remarks on Twitter, urging the global community to ensure Iran doesn't entrench itself in Syria.

A senior Israeli official told Channel 10 that the ambassadors were asked to pass along the warnings in light of Jeruslem's "sense" that the global community has not been taking Israel's willingness to act against Iran's entrenchment in Syria seriously. "It was an egregious and unprompted escalation", Haley said. "Israel rightly took action to defend itself".

The road to muzzling Iran's belligerence in Syria could go through Moscow, a tack the US and Israel should think hard about taking.

After the meeting, the Iranian Mission to the United Nations responded to Haley's comment.

Last Saturday, an Iranian drone penetrated Israeli air space via Jordan, the IDF identified it ahead of the penetration, but allowed it to enter Israeli territory, where it was shot down by two combat helicopters. Representatives of the United Kingdom and Sweden, however, have said that a draft resolution for the ceasefire is moving forward, Falk reports.

Violence has increased in Syria while a proposal for a 30-day humanitarian ceasefire has languished.

"We see the Assad regime continue to bomb, starve, and, yes, gas civilians", Haley said, saying that for the Geneva process to work, Russian Federation has to change Assad's behavior.