DUBAI (TIP): Iran’s state-run news agency IRNA says a Saudi-led air strike last night hit the Iranian embassy in Yemen.
No Associated Press journalist in Yemen could immediately reach the embassy in the war-torn capital Sanaa on Thursday after the IRNA report. Saudi officials could not be immediately reached for comment.
The Yemeni capital is held by Shia rebels known as Houthis. They are targeted by an ongoing Saudi-led military campaign on behalf of Yemen’s internationally recognized government. Iran has offered support to the Houthis, but denies actively supporting their war effort.
Saudi Arabia severed ties with Iran on Sunday after crowds of protesters attacked two of its diplomatic posts in Iran. Those attacks came after Saudi Arabia executed a prominent opposition Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr over the weekend.
Iran has banned the import of goods from Saudi Arabia after the kingdom cut diplomatic ties over attacks on the Saudi embassy following the execution of al-Nimr. Iranian state television made the announcement on Thursday. It said the decision came during an emergency meeting of the cabinet of President Hassan Rouhani. (AP)