Saudi says captures three Iranian Revolutionary Guards from boat


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UPDATE 1-Saudi says captures three Iranian Revolutionary Guards from boat


(Adds capture of Iranian guards)
    By Stephen KalinDUBAI, June 19 (Reuters) - The Saudi navy has captured three
members of Iran'sRevolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from a boat
seized last week as it approached the kingdom's offshore Marjan
oilfield, the Saudi information ministry said on Monday.
    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.
    "This was one of three vessels which were intercepted by
Saudi forces. It was captured with the three men on board, the
other two escaped," a statement from the ministry's center for
international communications said.
    "The three captured members of the Iranian Revolutionary
Guard are now being questioned by Saudi authorities," it said,
citing a Saudi official.
    The vessel, seized last Friday, was carrying explosives and
intended to conduct a "terrorist act" in Saudi territorial
waters, it said.
    An earlier report from the Saudi Press Agency said the Saudi
navy had fired warning shots at the two boats that managed to
escape.
    Iran's Tasnim news agency said on Saturday that Saudi border
guards had opened fire on an Iranian fishing boat in the Gulf on
Friday, killing a fisherman. It said the boat was one of two
Iranian boats fishing in the Gulf that had been pushed off
course by waves. [nL8N1JE0JO]
    Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia have steadily
deteriorated. On June 5, Riyadh and other Arab governments
severed ties with Qatar, citing its support of Iran as a reason.
    Days later, suicide bombings and shootings in Tehran killed
at least 17 people. Shi'ite Muslim Iran repeated accusations
that Saudi Arabia funds Sunni Islamist militants, including
Islamic State. Riyadh has denied involvement in the attacks.


 (Additional reporting by Hadeel Al Sayegh; Editing by William
Maclean, Robert Birsel, Richard Balmforth)
 ((Hadeel.AlSayegh@thomsonreuters.com; +971566883310;))

Keywords: SAUDI BOATS/MARJAN (UPDATE 1)



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