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Tehran blames Iranian embassy air strike on Saudi Arabia

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Tehran blames Iranian embassy air strike on Saudi Arabia
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Iran has accused Saudi Arabia of an aerial attack on its embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

A foreign ministry spokesman in Tehran, Hossein Jaber Ansari, said: “Saudi Arabia is responsible for the damage to the embassy building and the injury to some of its staff,” according to Iranian state television news channel IRIB .

General Ahmed Asseri, speaking for the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, said it would investigate the accusation.

Coalition jets carried out heavy strikes in Sanaa on Wednesday night to target missile launchers used by the Houthi militia to fire at Saudi Arabia, Asseri said. He added that the group has used civilian facilities, including abandoned embassies.

According to Asseri, the coalition had requested all countries to supply it with coordinates of the location of their diplomatic missions and that accusations made on the basis of information provided by the Houthis “have no credibility”.

As the regional face-off between Iran and Saudi Arabia escalates, several Saudi allies have also increasingly distanced themselves from Tehran.