Iranian naval forces have seized two intruding fishing boats from the United Arab Emirates in Iran's territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, an Iranian commander says.
"The [Iranian] forces at Abu Mousa Marine Patrol Base detected two intruding UAE vessels fishing in the Persian Gulf waters and issued the order for capturing them," Press TV quoted commander of the base, Colonel Ali Vesali.
"After seizing the two vessels, the Iranian forces arrested 12 Emirati sailors and an Indian sailor on board the boat[s] and transferred them to a military dock," he added.
The vessels were fishing illegally in Iran's territorial waters, Vesali pointed out.
In early June, the forces of Iran's marine patrol seized two Saudi fishing boats that had intruded into Iranian territorial waters near the southwestern province of Khuzestan.
Ten Indian crewmembers on board the vessels were arrested and handed over to the Islamic Republic's Judiciary.
Iran also seized two other intruding Saudi vessels in December 2012 and January this year.