پنجشنبه ۳۰ دی ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۰۴:۱۴ - ۱۹ ژانویه ۲۰۱۷
Kuwait seized three Iranian fishing boats and their crewmen, in the latest installment of the fishing boat spats between Iran and its Persian Gulf Arab neighbors. July 9, 2004 - In the latest event in a new series of spats between Iran and its Persian Gulf Arab neighbors, Kuwait seized three Iranian fishing boats which had entered its territorial waters. The boats’ crew members arrested, the state TV reported, quoting embassy officials in Kuwait. The incident had taken place three days earlier, according to Kuwaiti security officials, who told reporters on Friday that the Iranians had either been released or will be released soon.
The escalating “spats” between Iran and Persian Gulf Arab countries started last month after Dubai coastguards towed an Iranian fishing boat and its crewmen from the waters of Abu Musa island to Dubai, and put the Iranians on trial for trespassing. A few days later, Qatar navy fired at an Iranian fishing boat and arrested its crew. The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ navy responded by seizing seven UAE fishing boats and detaining their 22 crewmen.
Last month, IRGC seized three Royal Navy patrol boats with eight British marines. The detainees were released after they spent four days in custody.