Iranian authorities waited at least 12 hours before sending reinforcements to help defend a Saudi Arabian embassy compound that had come under attack by protestors, according to a timeline of the incident released by the Saudi government.
RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia widened its rift with Iran on Monday, saying it would end air traffic and trade links with the Islamic republic and demanding that Tehran must “act like a normal country” before it would restore severed diplomatic relations.
Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it had severed ties with Iran over the storming of the Saudi embassy in Tehran, in a worsening diplomatic crisis between the regional rivals following the kingdom’s execution of a prominent Shi’ite cleric.
On Thursday, more than 700 people were killed and 863 were injured in a stampede near Mecca, Saudi Arabia, with the death toll expected to rise. The Saudi civil defense directorate first reported on the accident on social media.