Iranians hold protest against Saudi Arabia, denounce unjust rule of al-Saud

SHAFAQNA – The latest developments after Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties with Tehran amid a dispute over Riyadh’s execution of an opposition Shiite cleric and attacks on Saudi diplomatic posts in Iran.

Iranians have rallied against Saudi Arabia to protest the kingdom putting to death Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, an execution that sparked regional protests and tensions.

Thousands of worshipers who took part in Friday prayers in Tehran joined the rally, carrying pictures of al-Nimr.

Iranian state media reported similar protests taking place in other Iranian cities and towns.

Saudi Arabia severed ties with Iran on Sunday after crowds of protesters attacked two of its diplomatic posts in Iran. Those attacks came after Saudi Arabia executed al-Nimr on Jan. 2.

Saudi Arabia’s efforts towards intensifying tensions and civil unrest across the MENA may imperil efforts to end the wars gripping Syria and Yemen.



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