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News number: 9107134045

14:12 | 2013-01-08

Defence

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Iran Stops, Seizes Saudi Vessels in Southern Waters

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian coast guard units seized three Saudi vessels after they illegally entered Iran's territorial waters, the Iranian police officials announced on Tuesday.



Commander of Bushehr Coast Guards Qalandar Lashkari said two dhows were tracked and confiscated after their illegal entry into Iran's territorial waters and all their 10 crew members were arrested.

He added that initial investigations showed that the vessels are from Saudi Arabia but their captains and crews are Indian nationals.

Investigations also showed that the vessels had crossed Iranian water borders for fishing purposes.

Lashkari added that the development came a week after forces of the second naval zone of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) confiscated another Saudi vessel and arrested its 4 crews after they had illegally cross Iranian borders.

He said the first vessel was later expelled from Iran's waters.