A senior ayatollah in Iran, Ahmad Khatami, condemned Saudi Arabia's execution of the Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr on Saturday and said the royal family will be wiped out.
- I see no reason to doubt that his pure blood is going to color the Saudi royal house and obliterate them from the history books, said Khatami, who has close links to the authorities in Iran and who was appointed by the country's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in 2012.
- The execution of Sheikh Nimr is part of a criminal pattern that this faithless family stands for. The Islamic world must stand up and condemn this shameful regime for all that it's worth, says Khatami further, according to the Iranian news agency Mehr.
Khatamis comments came shortly after Saudi Arabia announced that Nimr and 46 other Shiites had been executed in Saudi Arabia.
Also from Iraq, the executions were followed by immediate reactions, where Shia Muslim Mohammed al-Sayhud, who is elected to the Iraqi parliament, in less harsh terms than Khatami expressed his feelings, but the message was clear:
- Saudi Arabia's intention is to create strife between Sunnis and Shiites and to set the region on fire, said Sayhud on Saturday.
- This action that the ruling family in Saudi Arabia has undertaken, aims to ignite the region again, and to provoke sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shiites, said Sayhud, according to the television channel Al-Sumaria television, on Saturday.
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