UN Security Council to discuss alleged Israeli strike on Iran's embassy in Syria

The UN Security Council has decided to hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday following a deadly attack on Iran's embassy in Syria.

Iran blames Israel for the airstrike. Israel has not said whether it was involved.

Iran's state-run media said on Monday that an Israeli missile attack destroyed a consular section of the Iranian embassy compound in the Syrian capital of Damascus.

The airstrike reportedly killed a senior military commander, his deputy and five others. The commander is said to have belonged to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force, a unit in charge of special operations outside Iran.

Members of the Revolutionary Guards have been killed in Syria in a series of alleged attacks by Israel since last December. But this is the first time an Iranian diplomatic compound was struck.

The news triggered protests across Iran, with citizens gathering in squares and burning the Israeli flag.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian reportedly said that repeated defeats in Gaza had caused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to lose his "mental balance."

An Israeli military spokesperson said on Monday that the Israel Defense Force will not comment on reports in the foreign media.

Iran's UN representative requested an emergency Security Council session, in a letter to the UN secretary-general and Malta's UN ambassador. The country holds the Security Council presidency for April.

It is now scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in New York.