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Arab Coalition denied allegations that it bombed Iranian Embassy in Yemen

Arab Coalition denied allegations that it bombed Iranian Embassy in Yemen

Arab Coalition denied allegations that it bombed Iranian Embassy in Yemen

Riyadh- The Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen Thursday denied an accusation by Tehran that its warplanes had targeted the Iranian Embassy there.

The coalition said in a statement that the Saudi Air Defense Forces intercepted, at dawn yesterday, a rocket that was fired from Yemen toward Jazan. The rocket did not cause injuries or material damage and that the Saudi Air Force reacted immediately and destroyed the launching pad inside Yemen.

In turn, the Yemeni Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied, through an official source, that the Iranian embassy was bombed or targeted; pointing out that Yemen had taken, on October 2, the decision to severe diplomatic relations with Iran. The source considered Houthi militias and former President Ali Abdullah Saleh responsible of protecting all the buildings of diplomatic missions and international organizations, given that these militias control Sana’a by force of arms.

Several sources considered that the fabrication of the story of a missile targeting the Iranian embassy came to ease the diplomatic international pressure practiced on Tehran, because of its failure to protect the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and Consulate in Mashhad, that were both subjected to attacks during the past few days.

In turn, Ahmad Alam al Huda, the representative of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei defended those who attacked the Saudi diplomatic missions, and refused calling them extremists and lawbreakers.

In the meantime, international reactions denouncing the Iranian attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions continued. Somalia joined, yesterday, the States that have severed diplomatic relations with Tehran, and the Republic of the Comoros Islands recalled its ambassador to Tehran to protest against the violation of international diplomatic rules.

So far, five countries have severed their diplomatic relations with Tehran since Iranian attacks on diplomatic missions in Tehran and Mashhad, including Bahrain, Sudan, and Djibouti.