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Iranian protesters storm Saudi embassy in Tehran

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Angry crowds protesting at Saudi Arabia's execution of a top Shiite cleric hurled petrol bombs and stormed the kingdom's embassy in Tehran Saturday before being cleared out by police, ISNA news agency reported.

"The Saudi embassy is on fire. The information has been confirmed by several Iranian news agency" said Mariam Pirzadeh, FRANCE 24’s correspondent in Tehran.

Iranian journalists tweeted several pictures showing angry protesters launching molotov cocktails and breaking into the Saudi embassy.

Iran’s Isna news agency reported that police moved in to disperse protesters from inside the diplomatic compound, but that many remained outside.

The incident came hours after the announcement of the death of 56-year-old cleric Nimr al-Nimr, who had been a key figure in anti-government protests in the kingdom's oil-rich east. The execution prompted strong condemnation from Shiite-majority Iran and Iraq.

Photo showing the Saudi embassy on fire published on Sobhan Hassanvand's Twitter account @Hassanvand on January 2, 2016. © Provided by France 24 EN Photo showing the Saudi embassy on fire published on Sobhan Hassanvand's Twitter account @Hassanvand on January 2, 2016.

Nimr, who spent more than a decade studying theology in Iran, was among a group of 47 Shiites and Sunnis executed Saturday on charges of terrorism.

Angry protesters also set parts of Saudi consulate on fire in Iran's northeastern city of Mashhad earlier on Saturday afternoon, according to local news reports.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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