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Iran censures 'deliberate' Saudi raid on mission in Sana'a

Iran Press TV

Thu Jan 7, 2016 11:9AM

Iran has roundly condemned a "deliberate" air raid by Saudi warplanes on its embassy in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, which injured a number of security forces guarding the diplomatic mission.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari said Thursday the Saudi attack on Tehran's embassy is a "violation of all conventions and international regulations" in protecting diplomatic missions under all circumstances.

Late on Wednesday, Saudi fighter jets, which have been engaged in a bombing campaign against Yemen since March 2015, targeted Iran's embassy in Sana'a, damaging the mission's building and wounding the security forces guarding the place.

The Saudi military has said it will launch an investigation into the issue.

Jaberi Ansari further said the Islamic Republic holds the Saudi regime responsible for the damage caused by the airstrike, emphasizing, "It is clear that Tehran reserves the right to follow up on this issue."

This is not the first time that Saudi warplanes target the Iranian mission in the Yemeni capital.

Last June, Iran sent a letter to the UN Security Council to inform the 15-nation body that Riyadh's air forces had pounded areas near Tehran's embassy in the Yemeni capital twice during a period of two months.

The Iranian diplomatic mission's compound suffered severe damage during the bombings on May 25, 2015, which was followed a similar attack on April 20 the same year.

The latest developments come as tensions have been running high between Tehran and Riyadh after Saudi Arabia decided to break off diplomatic relations with Iran, which strongly criticized the kingdom's execution on January 2 of prominent opposition cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

Sheikh Nimr's killing came despite international calls on Riyadh to revoke the death sentence handed down in 2014 to the prominent religious figure, sparking angry anti-Saudi protest rallies in several countries around the world, including Iran.

When the news of Sheikh Nimr's death broke out, angry Iranian protesters held demonstrations in front of the Saudi embassy in Tehran and its consulate in the northeastern city of Mashhad on January 2, censuring the Al Saud regime for the crime.

During the demonstrations, some people mounted the walls of the consulate in Mashhad, while incendiary devices were hurled at the embassy in Tehran.

Some 50 people were detained over the transgression, with senior Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, criticizing the violence and vowing a firm response to any violations of law.

However, Riyadh severed diplomatic relations with Tehran after the incident.

President Rouhani has said Riyadh's move to cut diplomatic relations with Tehran was aimed at covering up the failure of its regional policies and undermining peace in the region.

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