During a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday, US envoy Nikki Haley slammed Iran’s drone launch into Israeli territory on Saturday and defended Israel’s decision to retaliate.

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US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley addressed the situation in Syria in a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday, slamming Iran for triggering Saturday’s confrontation along Israel’s northern border.

“Earlier this week, Iranian-backed militias in southern Syria launched a drone into Israeli territory. It was an egregious and unprompted escalation,” Haley said. “Iran was, once again, doing what it does: risking conflict and testing the will of its neighbors and opponents to resist its aggression.”

“Israel rightly took action to defend itself,” she continued. “The United States will always stand by our ally when confronted with provocations from Iran, Hezbollah or the Assad regime.”

Watch: Haley’s comments at the UN

On Saturday, Israeli UN Ambassador Danny Danon called upon the UN Security Council to condemn Iran’s activities. “This is not the first time we have warned you against Iran’s dangerous actions that undermine the security situation in the region,” Danon said in a fierce letter to Security Council member states.

“This incident proves that every one of these warnings proved true,” Danon added, referring to the launch of the Iranian drone. “Israel will defend its citizens and will not tolerate any violation of its sovereignty.”