Saudi Navy Captures Elite Iranian Troops On Seized Boat

Saudi Arabia offshore oilfield oilfield major offshore oilfield disrupts attack Saudi Arabia's coast guard

Saudi Arabia offshore oilfield oilfield major offshore oilfield disrupts attack Saudi Arabia's coast guard

Late on Saturday, Qasemi confirmed that Saudi coast guard had killed an Iranian fisherman and said the "bitter incident" was being probed by Iran's border guard and other relevant authorities.

That statement made no mention of explosives and did not detail what type of weapons were found, though it said they were for "subversive purposes".

The navy fired warning shots but were these were ignored by the assault boats, the report said.

The boat was intercepted in Saudi waters on Friday, the kingdom's Center for International Communications said in a statement.

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. "They are from Bushehr and were fishing when they were arrested by the Saudi coastguard", said Aghababaie.

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The official said that Saudi Arabia is determined to combat and eradicate terrorism and its sources, as a part of "the country's permanent objective to protect its national security against any external aggression".

Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran were already strained but escalated after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and other allies cut ties with Qatar two weeks ago.

"The individuals who came face to face with the Saudi forces are simple fishermen and their boat is a fishing boat", Aghababaei was quoted by Iran's Young Journalists Club as saying.

On Sunday Iran fired missiles into Syria, claiming it was hitting Islamic State targets in retaliation.

Iran accused Saudi Arabia of being involved in the attack, a charge denied by Riyadh.

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