Saudi Arabia Cuts Ties with Iran after Embassy Torched in Tehran

(Al Arabiyia-Saudi Gazette) Saudi Arabia announced Sunday that it would officially sever ties with Iran after demonstrators stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran on Saturday in protest against Riyadh's executions of 47 people convicted of terrorism, which include Shiite preacher Nimr al-Nimr and al-Qaeda ideologue Fares al-Shuwail. The demonstrators smashed furniture and started fires before being ejected by police. A copycat protest at the Saudi consulate in Mashhad broke out on Sunday. While Tehran lashed out at Riyadh for Nimr's execution, the Gulf states, the Arab League, and the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars all condemned the attacks and Iranian interference in the region.

2016-01-04 00:00:00

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