Saudi officials accused the fisherman of entering Saudi waters while Iranian officials said high waves sent his boat off course. The incident comes amid heightened tensions between the two nations.
Iranian authorities on Saturday were still trying to determine the facts surrounding the incident which happened on Friday. It was not clear if the fishing boats had strayed into Saudi waters.
“Even if the boats had entered Saudi waters, the coastguards were not authorised to open fire,” Majid Aghababaie, head of border affairs at Iran’s interior minstry said.
“Two fishing boats were in the Persian Gulf and strayed due to high waves. The Saudi coastguards say the boats entered Saudi waters and killed one of the fishermen,” Aghababaie said. One of the boats is still missing.
“We are pursuing this matter to determine if the Iranian boats had crossed the Saudi border or not, but the action of the Saudis does not…
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