Iran announced on August 20 that its border guards had seized a United Arab Emirates (UAE)-registered ship that violated its territorial waters in the Persian Gulf.
The Islamic country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in an official statement that the incident had taken place on August 17.
“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,” a state-run TV quoted the ministry’s statement as saying, according to Reuters.
On the same day, UAE coast guards opened fire at Iranian fishermen in the Persian Gulf, killing at least two of them and seizing their boat.
Iran summoned the UAE’s chargé d’affaires in Tehran to protest over the incident, according to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The ministry said that the UAE had expressed regret for the incident and in a letter, on August 19, it announced its readiness to pay compensation. Abu Dhabi released the seized fishing boat and its crew. The legal procedure for delivering the bodies is underway.
The two incidents in the Persian Gulf came a few days after a historical peace agreement between the UAE and Israel. Iran condemned the agreement, with President Hassan Rouhani calling it a “big mistake.”