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Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of bombing its embassy in Yemen

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:11 IST
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  • Iran has accused Saudi-led coalition warplanes of bombing its embassy in Yemen.
  • The civil war, which began in March 2015, has claimed the lives of more than 6000 people.

After Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic and economic ties with Iran over Tehran embassy attacks, the Islamic republic has accused the former of bombing its embassy in Yemen's capital Sanaa.

Iran has accused Saudi-led coalition warplanes of bombing its embassy in Yemen, according to reports by state media.

Broadcaster Irinn has stated that missiles had struck the embassy, causing damage. Sanaa residents reportedly said that the Saudi-led coalition led a number of air strikes on the city on Thursday morning. However, a few Twitter users have denied any attack on the embassy.

The GCC coalition has pounded Yemen's cities of Aden and Sanaa with air strikes in their battle against Iran-supported Houthi rebels.

Read: Shiite-Sunni divide: Understanding the Iran-Saudi Arabia conflict

The civil war, which began in March 2015, has claimed the lives of more than 6000 people. The civilian population meanwhile, is struggling with abject poverty and isolation.

Friction between Iran and Saudi Arabia escalated after the latter executed Shiite cleric Nimr-al-Nimr, the face of Arab Spring, last week.

Also read: Saudi-Iran standoff: Will sectarian violence rise as Shia-Sunni polarisation increases?

First published: 7 January 2016, 5:30 IST
 
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