Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Saudi navy seizes boat with weapons near offshore oilfield: SPA

Saudi navy seizes boat with weapons near offshore oilfield: SPA

It said the captured boat "was loaded with weapons for (a) subversive objective".

An Iranian ministry of interior official said on Monday that Saudi Arabia's claim that it had detained three members of the Iranian military was not correct, according to a report by the Young Journalists Club news site.

The statement said the boats carried "red and white flags".

Iran reported the incident with the other two boats on Saturday, while Saudi Arabia didn't offer their own version of the events until Monday, when they claimed to have chased three boats, and caught one.

They "are now being questioned by Saudi authorities", the information and culture ministry said in a statement, at a time of already-heightened tensions with Iran.

One of the boats was intercepted, while the two others managed to get away.

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State-run Tasnim News stated that Saudi Arabia fired on a fishing boat that had been forced by the waves into the area.

The seized boat was "loaded with weapons for subversive purposes", it said, but gave no details. "They are from Bushehr and were fishing when they were arrested by the Saudi coastguard", said Aghababaie.

The assault was not only aimed at sending a message to IS, but also to the USA and Saudi Arabia.Tehran had repeatedly accused the Saudis and Washington of supporting terrorists and trying to destabilize Iran.

Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which compete for influence in the Middle East, have been increasingly strained over the opposite sides they have taken in the Syria and Yemen conflicts.

The statement came two days after Iran accused Saudi Arabia of shooting and killing one of its fishermen.

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