Several Iranian students detained for breaking inside the UK embassy
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 30 / Trend S.Isayev, T. Jaffarov/
Some of the Iranian students that broke into the UK Embassy on Tuesday were detained, Iranian Deputy Chief of police Ahmad Rza Radan said, IRNA reported.
Radan added that those captured were transferred to the court, and the rest of the students are being searched for. Investigation on this matter continues. Radan did not detail how many people were detained, while earlier Fars News Agency reported, that 12 students were detained by the Iranian police.
The UK has evacuated all its diplomatic staff from Iran, a day after protesters stormed and ransacked its embassy and a residential compound.
On Nov. 29, group of protesters broke away from a crowd of a few hundred outside the main British embassy compound in Tehran, scaled the gates, broke the locks and went inside. Protesters pulled down the British flag, burned it and put up the Iranian flag instead. Some took a framed picture of Queen Elizabeth.
Police appeared to have cleared the demonstrators in front of the main embassy compound, but later clashed with protesters and fired tear gas to try to disperse them, Fars said. Protesters nevertheless entered the compound a second time, before once again leaving.
The U.N. Security Council condemned the attacks "in the strongest terms." U.S. President Barack Obama called on Iran to hold those responsible to account. British government was not available on the reported withdrawal of embassy staff from Iran.
The U.N. Security Council condemned the storming of two British diplomatic compounds in Tehran and urged Iranian authorities to protect diplomats. The attacks occurred at a time of rising diplomatic tension between Iran and Western nations, which last week imposed fresh sanctions over Tehran's nuclear program that they believe is aimed at achieving the capability of making an atomic bomb. Iran, the world's fifth biggest oil exporter, says it wants nuclear plants only for the generation of electricity.