Israel's ambassador to the UN Danny Danon told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday that Iran has recruited at least 80,000 Shi'ite fighters and is training them at a base near Damascus.
"What you can see here is Iran's central induction and recruitment center in Syria," Danon said, holding up a satellite image. "There are over 80,000 Shia militants in Syria under Iranian control. It is at this base, just over five miles from Damascus, where they are trained to commit acts of terror in Syria and across the region," he added.
Danon said that Israel was sharing this information so "the world would understand the depth of the Iranian involvement in Syria."
The Israeli envoy accused Hamas leaders of using women and children "as human shields" in Gaza while they are hiding. Danon blamed Hamas for the deaths of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border in recent weeks.
According to figures released by the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Thursday, 40 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli gunfire and some 5,511 were wounded during the protests.