TEHRAN, January 8. /TASS/. Iran is working on a report to the UN Security Council over Saudi Arabia’s air raid against the Iranian embassy in the Yemeni capital Sana, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has said.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran is working on a report to be submitted to the UN Security Council over Saudi Arabia’s air raid against the diplomatic mission in the Yemeni capital Sana," the Press-TV television news channel quotes the senior diplomat as saying.
Abdollahian said the missile strike had damaged the embassy building and injured security guards.
"We are going to brief the United Nations on the details within a matter of hours," Abdollahian said, adding that his country was determined to respond to Riyadh’s actions in accordance with international law. Saudi Arabia, Abdollahian said, bears responsibility for all attacks by Riyadh against the Iranian diplomatic mission in Yemen since the end of March 2015.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Thursday said Saudi Arabia was to blame for the air strikes the coalition it leads dealt on the Iranian embassy in Sana since the end of March 2014.
Another spiral of the crisis in Riyadh-Tehran relations followed when Saudi Arabia on January 2 executed prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, arrested back in 2012 for criticizing the ruling regime and making calls for the observance of religious minorities’ rights and carrying out a constitutional reform.
In the evening of the same day crowds of furious Iranian demonstrators stormed the building of Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran and the consulate office in Mashhad. Riyadh severed relations with Tehran. Bahrain, Sudan and Djibouti supported Saudi Arabia. The United Arab Emirates downgraded the level of diplomatic representation and Kuwait and Qatar recalled their ambassadors.
Yemen has been a scene of continued standoff between the authorities and Houthi rebels since August 2014. In January 2015 the rebels seized the capital Sana. The president first fled to Aden and, when the Houthi forces captured that city on March 25, he left the country. At the Yemeni president’s request Saudi Arabia, with support from the air forces of Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates has conducted an air operation against the rebels since March 26. Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Sudan have joined in the military campaign.