Iranian patrol boats attack five Emirati motorboats in international waters

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Iranian patrol boats attack five Emirati motorboats in international waters

Khalifa Al Muhairi, chairman of the RAK Fishermen Cooperative Society, said they informed the bodies concerned about the unjustified assault.

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Published: Sun 17 May 2015, 11:01 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 7:47 PM

Ras Al Khaimah – Iranian marine patrols recently attacked five Emirati boats in the international waters of the Arabian Gulf on the pretext that the boats were transgressing the region waters of Iran.

In the first attack, four fishermen, including an Emirati Nukhada or boat captain, were attacked by an Iranian marine patrol in international waters, 30km off the coast of Ras Al Khaimah.   

According to sources and local fishermen, the Iranian patrol started chasing the 42-year-old national fisherman and three Asian workers onboard when they tried to escape 40km off the UAE coast.

“Two marine patrols finally surrounded the boat, took hold of it, and severely assaulted the fishermen, including the owner of the fishing boat, on Thursday afternoon around 3.30pm,” they said.

The Emirati fishermen, identified only as Y.N., started his fishing journey from the RAK old port until he reached 40km off the coast of Ras Al Khaimah.

“All of a sudden some marine Iranian patrols sailed in their direction,, and thus  Y.N. and the fishermen on board left their location quickly to avoid any confrontation with the patrols,” they added.

However, the Iranian patrols insisted on chasing the Emirati fishing boat until 30km off the RAK coast when they were surrounded from all directions, they said. “The fishermen then gave in and fell in the custody of the Iranian patrols.”

Heading to the Iranian coast, the Emirati fisherman and men in his company were lucky since their boat stopped working 40km off the Iranian marine borders, some fishermen said.

“The Iranian patrols were planning to take hold of the Emirati boat as an evidence to sue the detained four fishermen for allegedly transgressing the Iranian regional waters, but luckily the boat broke down, and they released the fishermen, and left them onboard the non-operating boat.”

The four fishermen later managed to fix the technical glitch in their boat, and headed safely to the hospital for treatment and medical care to treat the injuries sustained injuries due to the attack. They were discharged from the hospital on the same day.

Khalifa Al Muhairi, chairman of the RAK Fishermen Cooperative Society, said they informed the bodies concerned about the unjustified assault - to take legal action and protect the rights and properties of the Emirati fishermen.

“Another 40-year-old Emirati fisherman, identified simply as S.A., was also hunted by some Iranian marine patrols in international waters, but managed to escape with the Asian fishermen onboard.”

Three other Emirati motorboats were also stopped and harassed by an Iranian marine patrol in international waters for no clear reason.

“Two Emirati Nukhadas were on board two boats while the third was sailed by an Emirati man who was on a sea trip. They were all forced to sail back to UAE waters.”

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com



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