Saudi Arabia says it disrupts attack on offshore oil field

Lucy Bush
June 21, 2017

Authorities have detained three members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, the information ministry said Monday, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

Gen. Rasoul Sanaeizadeh, deputy head of the Revolutionary Guard's political bureau, described the Saudi allegations as a "sheer lie" and "an amateurish fabrication".

Iran, however, accused Saudi border guards of opening fire on an Iranian fishing boat, killing a fisherman.

Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia have steadily deteriorated. One boat was captured, while the other two escaped, a Saudi government statement said.

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The military said sailors fired warning shots and captured one of the boats while two others escaped in the assault Friday.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, June 19, 2017. State-run Tasnim News stated that Saudi Arabia fired on a fishing boat that had been forced by the waves into the area.

Al-Abadi arrived in Tehran after he visited Riyadh for talks with Saudi Arabian officials.

As such, relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran are at a low point.

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The announcement by the Saudi navy said that some explosives and weapons were seized from their boat.

That has been seen as heralding closer cooperation against Islamic State, which controls territory in Iraq and in Syria and has claimed bombings in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia has severed its diplomatic ties with Iran. The group came to power amid protests against then-President Abbed Rabbo Hadi, who is backed by Saudi Arabia and took power after his predecessor was forced to resign amid mass demonstrations in 2011.

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