Saudi Arabia Severs Diplomatic Ties With Iran Over Embassy Fire
Saudi Arabia and Iran will no longer be diplomatically tied after protesters, upset by a cleric's execution, set fire to the Saudi embassy in Tehran.By Grant Suneson | January 3, 2016
Saudi Arabia is ending its diplomatic relationship with Iran after protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran and set fire to part of the building. (Video via Twitter / @ZaidBenjamin)
The Iranians were agitated by Saudi Arabia's execution of 47 prisoners on terrorism charges, including Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr.
The predominantly Sunni Saudi Arabia accused Nimr of inciting violence among the nation's Shiite minority, while human rights groups, like Amnesty International, claimed the cleric was a peaceful dissident. (Video via Press TV)