Weapons found after shots fired in oil field – Saudi


RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Monday it had seized weapons from a boat captured after the navy fired warning shots at vessels approaching a Gulf oil platform, at a time of tensions with Iran and Qatar. Three small boats entered Saudi territorial waters at about 8:30 p.m. on Friday and “headed at speed towards platforms of (the) Saudi oil field of Marjan”, a government statement said. Saudi naval forces fired warning shots at the boats, which were carrying “red and white flags”, and captured one of the vessels but two escaped, the statement added. The seized boat was “loaded with weapons for subversive purposes”, it said, but gave no details. The statement came two days after Iran accused Saudi Arabia of shooting and killing one of its fishermen. Iran said it was investigating the Saturday shooting, after two fishing boats may have strayed into Saudi waters. Majid Aghababaie, head of border affairs at Iran’s interior ministry, said one of the boats was missing after the Saudi coastguard opened fire on the vessels, which had drifted due to high waves.



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