Two marine patrols even thrashed the fishermen, including the boat owner; RAK fishermen society seeks authorities to take legal action.
Ras Al Khaimah – Some Iranian marine patrols recently attacked five Emirati boats in international waters of the Arabian Gulf claiming the latter had entered the regional waters of Iran illegally.
In the first of these, four fishermen, including an Emirati Nukhada or boat captain, were attacked by an Iranian marine patrol in the international waters, 30km off the coasts of Ras Al Khaimah.
According to sources and Emirati fishermen, the Iranian patrol started chasing the 42-year-old Emirati fisherman and three Asian workers onboard when they tried to escape 40km off the UAE coasts.
“Two marine patrols finally surrounded the boat, took hold of it, and severely thrashed the fishermen, including the owner of the fishing boat, on Thursday afternoon around 3.30pm,” they said.
The Emirati fishermen, identified as Y.N., started his fishing journey from the Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) old port until he reached 40km off the coast of the emirate.
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Maritime Security News:
The ongoing aggression shown by Iranian patrol boats in the Strait of Hormuz seems set to continue. Three incidents against merchant ships in three weeks (Maersk Kensington, Maersk Tigris and the Alpine Eternity) and now attacks against regional fishing fleets. It’s clear the Iranians are doing their best to enforce primacy in the SoH, but at what cost in the long term?
Things will become even more interesting on the 21st, when their aid ship is due to dock in Yemen.