Iran claimed on Thursday that it has seized a United Arab Emirates-registered ship violating its territorial waters this week as the UAE killed two Iranian fishermen.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry said that the UAE ship was seized on Monday as UAE coastguard vessels “opened fire on several Iranian fishing boats … leading to the deaths of two fishermen”.
According to the State-run TV, the Ministry stated, “On Monday, an Emirati ship was seized by the border guards of Iran and its crew were detained due to illegal traffic in our country’s waters,”
“On the same day, UAE guards shot dead two Iranian fishermen and seized a boat … The UAE has expressed regret for the incident and in a letter on Wednesday announced its readiness to pay compensation.”
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.”
The UAE charge d’affaires in Tehran has been summoned in Iran.
On the other hand, the UAE Foreign Ministry did not comment on the incident.
According to the international news agency, the Gulf state’s coastguard tried to stop eight fishing boats that violated its territorial waters territorial waters northwest of Sir Bu Nu’Ayr island.