Illegal boat seized

SAN’A: Yemeni coast guards have seized a boat they say illegally entered the country’s territorial waters and arrested five Iranians on board, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday. Local media have reported the boat captured on Monday was Iranian and suspected of smuggling arms to Shiite rebels battling government troops in Yemen’s northern Saada province. But the ministry statement only said the boat was intercepted after illegally entering Yemeni territorial waters off the western coast. It was escorted to a naval base on a nearby island and the sailors who were on board — five Iranians and one Indian — were being questioned, the statement said.