Published On: Sun, Jan 3rd, 2016

Iran’s Khamenei: ‘Divine Vengeance’ Will Befall Saudis for Executing Shi’ite Cleric

The execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr threatens to further enflame Sunni-Shi'ite tensions in the region, as Iranian protesters break into Saudi embassy in Tehran.

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Iran’s supreme leader warned Sunday of “divine revenge” against Saudi leaders for the execution of a beloved Shiite cleric who rose to prominence as a voice for free Saudi elections during the Arab Spring protests in 2011-2012.

Saudi Arabia announced the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr on Saturday along with 46 others, including three other Shiite dissidents and a number of al-Qaida militants. It was largest mass execution carried out by the kingdom in three and a half decades.

Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran early on Sunday and Shi’ite Muslim Iran’s top leader predicted “divine vengeance” for Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shi’ite cleric. Demonstrators protesting against the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr broke into the embassy building, smashed furniture and started fires before being ejected by police. Iran’s President Hassan Rohani condemned the execution as “inhuman”, but also urged the prosecution of “extremist individuals” for attacking the embassy and the Saudi consulate in the northeastern city of Mashhad, state media reported.

 

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