LATEST UPDATE : Iranians set fire to Saudi diplomatic mission after execution of Shi'ite cleric

Saudi Arabia executes 47 people in one day including Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr

Iranians set fire to Saudi diplomatic mission after execution of Shi'ite cleric

Arab-language media outlets are reporting on Saturday that enraged mobs of Iranians set fire to a Saudi diplomatic mission in Iran.
The Iranian regime has denounced its longtime Sunni rival Saudi Arabia after the government in Riyadh executed 47 people, among them a prominent Shi’ite cleric that was accused with fomenting sectarian unrest.

Iranian cleric says execution of Shi'ite cleric will bring down Saudi government

DUBAI - A prominent cleric with close links to Iran's ruling establishment denounced the execution on Saturday of a Saudi Shi'ite cleric and predicted the repercussions would bring down the Saudi ruling family.
Saudi Arabia executed 47 people for terrorism including Nimr al-Nimr, whom the government accuses of inciting violence among the Shi'ite minority, and at least three other Shi'ites. Most of the others were suspected Sunni jihadists.
Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, one of the most senior clerics in Shi'ite-ruled Iran, said in an interview with the Mehr news agency that Nimr's execution reflected the "criminal" nature of the Saudi ruling family.
"I have no doubt that this pure blood will stain the collar of the House of Saud and wipe them from the pages of history," Khatami, a member of the Assembly of Experts and a Friday prayer leader, was quoted as saying by Mehr.
His comments echoed former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's provocations in 2005 that Israel would be "wiped from the pages of history".

"The crime of executing Sheikh Nimr is part of a criminal pattern by this treacherous family ... the Islamic world is expected to cry out and denounce this infamous regime as much as it can," Khatami added.

EU warns of 'dangerous consequences' of Saudi cleric execution

The European Union's foreign policy chief warned on Saturday that Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shi'ite Muslim cleric risked "dangerous consequences" by further inflaming sectarian tensions in the region.

The kingdom executed cleric Nimr al-Nimr on Saturday alongside dozens of al-Qaida members, signalling that it would not tolerate attacks, whether by Sunni jihadists or from its Shi'ite minority.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, reiterating the bloc's opposition to the death penalty and mass executions in particular, said Nimr's case raised serious concerns over freedom of expression and the respect of basic civil and political rights in Saudi Arabia.

"This case has also the potential of inflaming further the sectarian tensions that already bring so much damage to the entire region, with dangerous consequences," she said, urging Saudi authorities to promote reconciliation between different communities in the country.

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