Angry protesters set the Saudi Embassy in Iran ablaze, one day after Saudi Arabia executed prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqr Al-Nimr.
Some damage is reported near the back of the embassy building, according to witnesses. None of the Saudi diplomatic staff were inside the building at the time.
Saudi Arabia said Saturday it had executed 47 people in a single day, including the cleric, who had spoken out against the government and Saudi royal family in the past.
Al-Nimr had been convicted of “inciting sectarian strife,” among other charges following his 2012 arrest.
Iranian officials warned that Saudi Arabia would pay a heavy price for its actions.
“The execution of a personality such as Sheikh Nimr who had no means other than speech to pursue his political and religious objectives only shows the depth of imprudence and irresponsibility,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi said, according to Press TV.
Al-Nimr was a vocal supporter of mass anti-government rallies in 2011.
Aftermath of storming, torching Saudi embassy in Tehran Diplomatic staff evacuate/d before storming, now all safe pic.twitter.com/SsSeU1bMtA
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