Iran blames Saudi Arabia for attacking embassy

Jan 08, 2016, 09:14 IST | Agencies

Escalating row between Saudi Arabia and Iran heightens tensions in Middle East, as Iran accuses Saudi-led coalition warplanes of "deliberately" bombing its Yemen embassy

Tehran: Saudi warplanes "deliberately" struck Iran's embassy in Yemen in an air raid that wounded staff, Tehran said yesterday, as tensions between the two regional powers mounted.

Tehran embassy attack
Iranian riot police block a street leading to the Saudi embassy as protesters march with portraits of Shia cleric on Sunday. Pic/ AFP

"This deliberate action by Saudi Arabia is a violation of all international conventions that protect diplomatic missions.

The Saudi government is responsible for the damage caused and for the situation of members of staff who were injured," foreign ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari said.

Also yesterday, Iran banned all products from Saudi Arabia and said a ban on Iranians travelling to the Saudi holy city of Mecca for the umrah pilgrimage would remain in place "until further notice".

2,800 The number of civilians who have died in civil war in Yemen since March 2015

Saudi Arabia says it shot down missile

Saudi Arabia says it has shot down a missile fired into the kingdom from Yemen, which is engulfed in a civil war. The Saudi military says it intercepted the missile in Jizan province and later destroyed the platform that launched it.

Cause and effect
A full-blown split between  Saudi Arabia and Iran erupted at the weekend when Riyadh executed Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr along with 46 others. Nimr's death sparked row in many countries, including Iran, where protesters  set fire to the Saudi embassy in Tehran and Mashhad.

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