Saudi coalition denies bombing Iran's embassy in Yemen

Saudi led-coalition forces fighting against Houthi rebels in Yemen deny Iran’s accusation that coalition jets hit its embassy in Sanaa

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File photo, Saudi soldiers fire artillery towards three armed vehicles approaching the Saudi border with Yemen in Jazan, Saudi Arabia on April 20, 2015

The Saudi-led coalition fighting against Houthi rebels in Yemen denied accusations by Iran that coalition warplanes targeted the Islamic republic’s embassy in Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday night.

Coalition spokesperson Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri said that an investigation uncovered that “the allegations are false and that no operations were carried out around the embassy or near it,” in a statement on Thursday.  

According to the Saudi statement, the investigation "also confirms the embassy building is safe and has not been damaged."

Early on Thursday, Iran has accused Saudi warplanes of attacking the Iranian embassy in Sanaa wounding some guards.

In response, the coalition forces said the allegations made on information provided by the Houthis “have no credibility.” However, it added that the coalition forces would investigate the accusation by requesting all countries to supply it with coordinates of the location of their diplomatic campaign.

The tensions between the two countries escalated after the execution of cleric Nimr Baqir al Nimr by Saudi Arabia. He was one of the 47 people executed on Saturday over terror related charges.

Early on Sunday, Iranians started protesting Saudi Arabia’s execution of Shiite cleric and stormed Saudi embassy in Tehran.

Following the protests, Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran and gave 48 hours for Iranian diplomatic mission and related entities to leave the country.

Many regional allies of Sunni dominated Saudi Arabia cut or downgraded diplomatic relations with Iran while international community called for dialogue and easing of tensions.

Saudi Arabia set up the coalition in March 2015 to restore the legitimacy of the Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and started to carry out air strikes against the Iranian backed Houthi militants in Yemen.


TRTWorld and agencies