Saudi Navy Captures Elite Iranian Troops On Seized Boat
Saudi Navy Captures Elite Iranian Troops On Seized Boat
Coast Guard of Saudi Arabia opened fire on Iranian vessels
20 June, 2017, 01:22
According to SPA, the boats did not respond to warning shots by Saudi naval forces before one was captured and found to be carrying weapons "for subversive" purposes. "They are from Bushehr and were fishing when they were arrested by the Saudi coastguard", said Aghababaie.
The report did not say who the navy suspected to be behind the attack.
The vessel, seized last Friday, was carrying explosives and meant to conduct a "terrorist act" in Saudi territorial waters, it said.
The Saudi navy has detained three members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from a boat seized on Friday evening as it approached the kingdom's offshore Marjan oilfield, a Saudi Information Ministry statement said on Monday.
Three small boats entered Saudi territorial waters at about 8:30 pm on Friday and "headed at speed towards platforms of (the) Saudi oil field of Marjan", a government statement said.
Relations between the two countries are at their worst in years, with each accusing the other of subverting regional security and support opposite sides in conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.
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"There is no proof that they are military personnel", he said, in remarks carried by the ILNA news agency.
The Foreign Ministry spokesman said the Saudi coast guard's move to shoot and kill an Iranian fisherman was illegal and devoid of any justification.
The statement came two days after Iran accused Saudi Arabia of shooting and killing one of its fishermen.
Tensions between Sunni-led Saudi Arabia and Shiite-dominated Iran are chronic.
Saudi Arabia has been trying to cement its ties throughout the Muslim world against the backdrop of higher tensions with its Iranian rival.
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