KSA: Three members of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards arrested in Saudi Waters
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 8:00
The ministry said the boat's cargo had made it "clear this was meant to be a terrorist act in Saudi territorial waters created to cause severe damage to people and property".
An official source stated that at 20:28 on June 16, three small boats, bearing red and white flags, entered the Saudi territorial waters in the Arabian Gulf.
Relations between the two countries are at their worst in years, with each accusing the other of subverting regional security and support opposite sides in conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.
Saudi officials contend that the boat was laden with explosives. As a result of the incident, one person was killed, the Iranian television channel Press TV reported.
"It is clear this was meant to be a terrorist act in Saudi territorial waters created to cause severe damage to people and property", the ministry said.
"There is no evidence that they are military personnel", ILNA news agency quoted Aghababaie as saying.
After capturing one of "three small boats, bearing red and white flags", the vessel was discovered to be "loaded with weapons for subversive objective", according to the government-run Saudi Press Agency.
Tensions between Sunni-led Saudi Arabia and Shia-dominated Iran are chronic.
In his Monday remarks, Aqa-Babaei referred to the new allegation about the arrests and said, "This issue has to do with the same two fishing boats" that had been shot at.
Saudi Arabia has announced the foiling of an apparent terrorist attack on an offshore oil field. While the Saudi-led bloc of countries have accused Doha of sponsoring terrorism, most observers say the severance of ties and an accompanying economic war on Qatar have to do with the fact that Doha pursues its relations with Iran more independently of Riyadh.