Iran seizes UAE ship, detains crew
According to the Arab News Agency, the UAE Coast Guard shot dead two Iranian fishermen and on the same day, Iran also seized the ship of the United Arab Emirates. Iranian officials have accused the UAE of violating Iran’s maritime borders.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry says several Iranian boats were fired upon by a UAE Coast Guard boat on Monday, killing two Iranian fishermen, and seizing a UAE ship after the incident. Iranian state TV says the Border Guard has seized a UAE ship and its crew for illegal movement in Iranian waters.
“opened fire on several Iranian fishing boats … leading to the deaths of two fishermen”.
According to Arab media, the UAE has expressed its sorrow over the death of two Iranian fishermen by the Coast Guard firing and has also announced aid in a letter. According to Arab media, Iran has also summoned UAE diplomatic officials in Tehran over the incident.
Although incidents regarding fishing boats are frequent between Iran and its Gulf Arab neighbours, Iran warned of “any aggression against its interests and citizens”, saying in the statement: ” Tehran will take all necessary measures to protect its vessels and citizens in the Persian Gulf.”
UAE official news agency WAM reported on Monday the Gulf state’s coastguard tried to stop eight fishing boats that violated its territorial waters northwest of Sir Bu Nu’Ayr island, without reporting any casualties. The incident comes amid high tensions between the two countries following last week’s surprise announcement that the UAE has agreed to normalise ties with Israel under a US-brokered deal.
Iran has condemned the agreement, with President Hassan Rouhani calling it a “big mistake” and warning “against opening the path of Israel to the region”, without elaborating on what that would mean.
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