Iran: Saudi Arabia hits embassy in Yemen (UPDATE 2)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 7
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Iran's Foreign Ministry has said the country's embassy in Sana, Yemen, was hit in an airstrike by Saudi Arabia.
Iranian Foreign Ministry's Spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari, condemning Saudi Arabia for targeting the Iranian embassy in Sana, said several guards of the embassy were injured in the airstrike, Iranian state TV channel IRINN reported Jan. 7.
Reportedly, the embassy building was also damaged in the attack.
Ansari, meanwhile, neither provided details about the attack, nor mentioned when the attack was carried out.
Over the past few days, the relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia deteriorated following the kingdom's execution of a prominent Shia cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, on Jan. 2.
Reacting to al-Nimr's execution, a group of hardline Iranians stormed Saudi embassy in Tehran, smashing furniture and setting fire to the building before being dispersed by police.
Officially, Iran expressed strong protest regarding the execution, and the fragile relations between the two countries started going even further downhill from there.
Saudi Arabia and its allies including Sudan, Djibouti, Bahrain and the UAE joined diplomatic action against Iran following the break into the embassy in Tehran.
Riyadh accuses Tehran of meddling in the internal affairs of Arab countries, including Yemen - something Iran has denied.
Earlier in March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition launched airstrikes against Shia backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.