INTERNATIONAL: Iran accuses Saudis of hitting Yemen embassy
Iran has accused Saudi-led coalition warplanes of damaging its embassy and injuring staff in an air strike on Yemen’s capital, Sanaa.
State media quoted a foreign ministry spokesman as saying planes had deliberately targeted the site. But some later reports in Iran said missiles struck only in the vicinity of the embassy.
Residents and witnesses in Sanaa reported there was no damage to the main embassy building. Sanaa residents reported dozens of air strikes on Thursday 7th January, 2016 by the coalition, which is battling Houthi rebels.
Meantime, the Saudi-led coalition denied an accusation by Tehran that its warplanes had targeted the Iranian embassy in Sanaa.
An investigation found that “the allegations are false and that no operations were carried out around the embassy or near to it”, the coalition said.
It also confirms the embassy building is safe and has not been damaged.
Earlier, Iran said it would protest to the United Nations Security Council after it accused Saudi warplanes of deliberately bombing its embassy in the Yemeni capital overnight.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian said a rocket had fallen near the embassy, but on Thursday 7th January, the building was still standing and there were no visible signs of damage.