Saudi Arabia Cuts Ties with Iran After Protests

Justin Holcomb
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Posted: Jan 03, 2016 5:25 PM
Saudi Arabia Cuts Ties with Iran After Protests

Sunday, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said that Saudi Arabia will no longer be involved in a binding relationship with Iran after Iranian protestors stormed into the Saudi Embassy early this morning.  

The relationship between the two countries has been on edge for the past few years, but it was not until yesterday, when Saudi Arabia executed Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, that the two reached a tipping point. In response, protestors stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, set the building ablaze, and destroyed much of the occupied building using molotov cocktails and large stones.  

A Saudi spokesperson has given Iranian officials 48 hours to leave the country.  

Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei has pledged 'divine revenge' on Saudi Arabia for their actions: 

These events date back decades because of the rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia's Sunni Muslim Saudi royal family.