Complaint to UN Over Saudi Strike

Complaint to UN Over Saudi Strike Complaint to UN Over Saudi Strike

Iran is lodging a complaint with the United Nations over the Saudi airstrike on its embassy in Yemen's capital Sana'a on Wednesday, the deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs said.

"An official report containing the details of the Saudi airstrike on the Iranian Embassy in Sana'a will be submitted to the United Nations within hours," IRNA quoted Hossein Amir-Abdollahian as saying on Thursday.

He invoked international law to point out Saudis' failure to uphold their commitments to the safety of foreign missions, saying, "Unfortunately, Saudi officials have taken no notice of the attack on the area where our embassy is located. But we will take the case to international [authorities]."

Yemen has been the scene of a war between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthi movement since March 2015.

The airstrike followed announcements by Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies on Sunday to cut their diplomatic ties with Tehran, after the storming of Saudi missions by Iranian protesters the previous day, enraged by the Arab kingdom's execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson condemned the attack, saying, "This deliberate and conscious act by the Saudi government is a violation of all international conventions and legal regulations on providing security and protection for diplomatic premises.

"Saudi Arabia is responsible and must pay compensation for the damage to the embassy building and the injury to some of its staff."

Later in the day, the Saudi-led coalition, which had said it would investigate Tehran's complaint, denied reports of the assault on Iran's embassy.

"The coalition command confirmed that these allegations are false and void, stressing that it does not carry out any operations in the vicinity of the embassy or near it," a statement on the state Saudi news agency SPA said.

Amir-Abdollahian also rejected as a "diversionary" tactic the recent Bahraini claim of links between Iran and a cell the Arab country said has caught plotting attacks on its territory.

"There is no connection between Bahrain's fabricated scenario and the Islamic Republic of Iran."

Bahrain was one of the countries that followed Saudi Arabia in severing ties with Iran.