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یکشنبه ۱۴ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۱۴:۳۰ - ۴ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶

IRGC Seizes Three British Navy Boats and Arrests Eight British Sailors in the Persian Gulf


Officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ navy seized three British navy vessels and arrested eight British sailors who had had entered Iran’s territorial waters in Shatt al Arab (Arvandroud) near the Iraqi border, according to IRGC spokesman Masoud Jazaeri. “Anyone from any nationality entering our waters will face the same response,” he added. Officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ navy seized three British navy vessels and arrested eight British sailors who had had entered Iran’s territorial waters in Shatt al Arab (Arvandroud) near the Iraqi border, according to IRGC spokesman Masoud Jazaeri. “Anyone from any nationality entering our waters will face the same response,” Jazaeri told Reuters. Iran’s Arabic-language satellite news channel al-Alam reported that the IRGC navy found weapons, maps, GSP navigation devices and cameras on the boats. “We can confirm that eight Royal Navy personnel from the Royal Navy training team based in southern Iraq have been detained by the Iranian authorities while delivering a boat from Umm Qsar to Basra,” Britain’s Ministry of Defense said. “This morning three British vessels with eight crew entered the Iran’s waters and Iran’s naval forces, acting on their legal duty, confiscated the vessels and arrested the crew,” foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said in a statement. The IRGC’s navy earlier this month seized eight UAE fishing boats, reciprocating UAE’s seizer of an Iranian fishing boat. Britain is a co-sponsor of an IAEA resolution critical of Iran’s failing to fully cooperate with UN inspections of its nuclear facilities.
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