Saudi Arabia announced late on June 27 that its Border Guard had intercepted three Iranian boats, which had violated its exclusive economic zone.
“At 18:30 on Thursday 4/11/1441 AH, maritime border guard patrols monitored three Iranian boats after entering Saudi waters, they were immediately chased and repeated warnings were issued to them to stop, but they refused to respond. According to the procedures followed in the cases when [boats] refuse to stop, the boats were dealt with by firing warning shots, which resulted in them being forced to retreat,” a spokesman for the General Directorate of Border Guard (GDBG) told the Saudi Press Agency.
The spokesman also stressed that the GDBG would not allow any side to violate Saudi waters, in what appears to be a warning to Iran.
Iran is yet to respond to the Saudi accusations. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy is known for being highly active in the Persian Gulf.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Navy accused the IRGC Navy of harassing its vessels in the Persian Gulf. Back then, the IRGC said that it had recently increased its maritime patrols in the Persian Gulf “to prevent the continued illegal, unprofessional, dangerous, and even adventurous behavior” of the U.S. Navy.
The new incident is a direct reflection of the ever growing tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which is committed to Washington’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran.