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January 7, 2016 10:39 pm

Iran accuses Saudis of bombing embassy

Sana’a: Iran has accused Saudi warplanes of attacking the Iranian embassy in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, with some guards reportedly wounded in the attack.

“Saudi Arabia is responsible for the damage to the embassy building and the injury to some of its staff,” foreign ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari was quoted as saying by state television news channel IRIB.

A spokesman from the Saudi-led coalition, Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri, said the claims were being investigated.

Coalition jets carried out heavy strikes in Sana’a on Wednesday night to target missile launchers used by the Houthi militia to fire at Saudi Arabia, he said, adding that the group has used civilian facilities including abandoned embassies.

The claims come as relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia grow increasingly fractious, with several Saudi allies having cut or downgraded diplomatic ties with Tehran in the last few days.

The diplomatic crisis followed the storming of the Saudi embassy in Tehran and a diplomatic post in Mashhad by protesters angry at Saudi Arabia’s execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a Shia cleric.

Iran’s government on Thursday banned all imports of products made in Saudi Arabia, according to student news agency ISNA. The decision was made in a cabinet meeting chaired by president Hassan Rouhani, it said.

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