Iran’s head of Civil Defence Organisation claimed he is suspicious about the role of Israel in climate change in Iran and accused the neighboring nation of stealing clouds and snow from the Islamic Republic, reports the Express.
Speaking at a conference on agriculture in the Iranian capital of Tehran, Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalili said a number of Iranian scientific centers have confirmed such foreign role in the adverse climate condition in Iran.
He said: “Foreign interference is suspected to have played a role in climate change. Joint teams from Israel and one of the neighbouring countries make the clouds entering into Iran barren. Moreover, we are faced with the cases of cloud theft and snow theft.”
Pointing to scientific evidence corroborating his argument, Mr. Jalali cited a survey carried out over the past four years about the climate of high altitudes stretching from Afghanistan to the Mediterranean Sea, claiming that above 7,200-feet all mountainous areas are covered in snow. Except for Iran.
This is not the first time that an Irani official has accused other countries of an atmospheric precipitation theft. In 2011, former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed Western countries were involved in plans to “cause drought” in Iran.
He said: “European countries used special equipment to force clouds to dump their water on their continent. Today our country is moving towards drought, which is partly unintentional due to industry and partly intentional, as a result of the enemy destroying the clouds moving towards our country and this is a war that Iran is going to overcome.”
In the meantime, in southern Iranian cities security forces have broken up violent protests as residents have taken it to the streets, complaining about salty, muddy water coming out of their taps drinking water. The protests are the latest sign of dissatisfaction with the government, which is accused of failing to manage supplies as the demand from a growing population is rising and temperatures have gone above 120F.