Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari on Thursday strongly denounced a rocket attack by the Saudi regime on the Iranian embassy in Yemen’s capital, stressing that the move was an “intentional” act by Riyadh that runs counter to international laws.
On Wednesday night, Saudi Arabia launched a rocket attack on the Iranian embassy in Sana’a, which incurred damages to the building and wounded several Iranian guards.
The foreign ministry spokesman condemned the attack, saying 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.”
The Saudi government is fully responsible for the attack and should compensate for the damages incurred on the building and the injuries of the Iranian embassy staff, Jaberi Ansari stressed.
Obviously, he added, the Islamic Republic of Iran reserves the right to pursue the issue.
The attack came amid the recent tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia mainly caused by Riyadh’s execution of prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, and a subsequent attack by outraged Iranian protesters on Saudi embassy, which resulted in Saudi Arabia’s decision to sever its ties with Tehran.
Saudi Arabia on Saturday executed Sheikh Nimr, among dozens of others. The execution ignited widespread international condemnation, from both political and religious figures.
On Sunday, furious demonstrators in the Iranian cities of Tehran and Mashhad stormed Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic buildings in protest at the Al Saud’s execution of Sheikh Nimr.
Although Iranian officials criticized the embassy attack and police arrested several individuals involved, Saudi Arabia on Sunday severed diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic.