“With the grant of oil concessions, the central Gulf islands of Farsi, Arabi, Harqus were disputed between three parties – Kuwait, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Britain´s 1939 ruling that the Hawar group, lying just off the western Qatar coast, belonged to Bahrain set in motion a territorial dispute which remains active today.”–Cambridge Archived Editions.
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Islands and Maritime Boundaries of the Gulf 1798–1960
Separated by about 250 km (150 miles) of Gulf waters, Shi’ite Muslim power Iran and Sunni-led Saudi Arabia have often had tense relations. U.S. ally Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of fomenting unrest among Shi’ites in its oil-rich Eastern Province, a charge Iran denies.
“One of the marine patrols was able to seize two Iranian boats on Wednesday inside Saudi regional waters,” a border guard statement said. “One of the boats had 12 people and the other nine people … all of them are Iranians and are being questioned.”
The Iranians were seized near al-Harqus island, 42 miles off the Saudi coast, the statement said but gave no further details.
(Reporting by Asmaa Alsharif; Writing by Mahmoud Habboush; Editing by Sami Aboudi)