Saudi-Led Investigation Finds Saudi Arabia Did Not Attack Iranian Embassy

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A Saudi Arabian investigation into Saudi air strikes on an Iranian Embassy in Yemen have concluded that Saudi Arabia did not conduct air strikes on the embassy.

Iran’s foreign ministry accused Saudi Arabia of intentionally targeting Iran’s embassy with airstrikes in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. The Wednesday night attack allegedly wounded several Iranian staff. Saudi Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri has denied the claims saying in a statement that “the allegations are false and that no operations were carried out around the embassy or near to it.”

“[This] intentional move by the Saudi government is in violation of all international conventions and legal rules on protecting the security of diplomatic posts and their immunity under all circumstances,” said an Iranian foreign ministry spokesman to Tasnim News.

Iran’s claim is the most recent spat in an ongoing feud between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Conflict between the two countries began last weekend when Iranian rioters stormed the Saudi embassy in the Iranian capital of Tehran in response to Saudi Arabia’s execution of prominent Shia Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr.

Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic relations with Iran Sunday in response to the embassy attack. Several other countries including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, Somalia and Djibouti have since cut or lowered their diplomatic relations with Iran. (RELATED: Iran’s Diplomatic Fallout Cascades As Three More Nations Cut Ties)

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