Iranian boat seized
RIYADH: The Saudi-led coalition said on Wednesday it had seized an Iranian fishing boat in the Arabian Sea loaded with weapons destined for Shiite rebels it is fighting in Yemen.
A coalition statement said the vessel was intercepted on Saturday and that 14 Iranians and weapons including anti-tank shells were found on board. It said that papers found on board the boat showed that it was registered to an Iranian and was licensed for fishing by the Iranian authorities.
It listed the weapons seized as 18 anti-armoured Concourse shells, 54 anti-tank BGM17 shells, 15 shell battery kits, four firing guidance systems, five binocular batteries, three launchers, one launchers’ holder and three batteries.
The vessel was seized 150 nautical miles off the Omani port of Salalah, the coalition statement said. Saudi Arabia and its coalition allies have repeatedly accused their Shiite rival Iran of arming the Huthi rebels.