Iran summons Saudi envoy over attack near embassy in Yemen
Iran’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Saudi Arabia’s envoy in Tehran to protest against a rocket attack near the Iranian embassy in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a.
The ministry on Monday conveyed to the Saudi chargé d’affaires, currently Riyadh’s most senior diplomat in Tehran, Iran’s strong protest over the landing of two Saudi missiles near the Iranian mission.
Tehran warned against the Saudi authorities’ negligence of their international obligations regarding the protection of Iranian diplomats and diplomatic areas.
Saudi Arabia started its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement, which currently controls the capital Sana’a and other major provinces, and to restore power to Yemen’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh.
The UN says since March, nearly 2,000 people have been killed and 7,330 others injured due to the conflict in Yemen. However, according to Yemen’s Freedom House Foundation, the Saudi airstrikes have claimed the lives of about 4,000 Yemeni people.