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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of Yemen embassy air strike #HNNTerror

Iran has accused Saudi Arabia of an air strike on its embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa amid rising tensions between the two countries.

Tehran's foreign ministry said on Thursday that Saudi jets "deliberately" struck Iran's embassy in Yemen in an air raid that injured staff.

"This deliberate action by Saudi Arabia is a violation of all international conventions that protect diplomatic missions," foreign ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari was quoted as saying by state television.

"The Saudi government is responsible for the damage caused and for the situation of members of staff who were injured," Ansari added, without specifying when the alleged strike took place.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen will investigate Iran's accusation, said coalition spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri said, according to a Reuters news agency report.

Asseri said coalition jets carried out heavy strikes in Sanaa on Wednesday night targeting missile launchers used by Houthi fighters against Saudi Arabia.

He added that Houthis had used civilian facilities, including abandoned embassies.

Asseri said the coalition had requested all countries to supply it with coordinates of the location of their diplomatic missions and that accusations made on the basis of information provided by the Houthis "have no credibility".

Source Via Al Jazeera

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