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ROW: Navy Seizes Two Qatari Fishing Boats in Iranian Waters


The capture of two Qatar boats by Iranian navy on Tuesday, which follows a series of similar seizures by Iran and its Persian Gulf neighbors Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE, is seen by observers as a result of restrictor enforcement of territorial boundaries in the Persian Gulf. July 14, 2004 - In the latest development in the series of spats between Iran and its Persian Gulf Arab neighbors, Iran’s navy seized two Qatari vessels for entering Iran’s territorial waters, the interior ministry said on Tuesday. The incident follows Kuwait’s arrest of Iranian crewmembers of three fishing boats earlier this week, and Iran’s capture of three British navy vessels and several UAE fishing boats. The flurry of incidents, including a fatal shooting last June by Qatar navy at an Iranian fishing boat and Dubai’s capture of another Iranian fishing boat, reflect heavy traffic and stricter enforcement of territorial boundaries in the Persian Gulf. Since the start of June at least five Iranian fishing boats have been confiscated by Kuwait, the UAE and Qatar for “trespassing.” At least 5 Iranian fishing boats have been seized by Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar for straying into their territorial waters since the beginning of June. A crew member was killed when Qatari coast guard opened fire on one of the boats.
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