Saudi Arabia denies bombing Iran’s embassy in Yemen

Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, hold posters of late Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, who was executed in Saudi Arabia, during an anti-Saudi protest outside the Saudi embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, hold posters of late Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, who was executed in Saudi Arabia, during an anti-Saudi protest outside the Saudi embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

The Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen on Thursday was accused by Tehran that its warplanes had targeted the Iranian embassy there. While a statement by coalition spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri says, “the allegations are false and that no operations were carried out around the embassy or near to it, as the embassy building is safe and has not been damaged.”

As a response, Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian was quoted by official news agency IRNA saying, “During an air raid by Saudi Arabia against Sanaa, a rocket fell near our embassy and unfortunately one of our guards was seriously wounded.” He also added that Iran plans to protest to the UN Security Council.

“This deliberate action by Saudi Arabia is a violation of all international conventions that protect diplomatic missions,” Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari was quoted as saying by state television.

These accusations come after Saudi Arabia’s decision to severe relations with Iran after an attack on its embassy in Tehran following the kingdom’s execution of Shia religious leader Nimr al-Nimr, along with 46 mostly Sunni Muslims convicted on terrorism charges.

According to AlJazeera, Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman said on the topic, “a war between Saudi Arabia and Iran is the beginning of a major catastrophe in the region… For sure we will not allow any such thing.”

AlJazeera reported that “residents and witnesses in Sanaa said there was no damage to the embassy building in Hadda district. They said an air strike had hit a public square about 700 meters away from the embassy and some stones and shrapnel had landed in its yard.”

 

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