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Iran accuses UAE of killing fishermen as Israel pact hurts ties by Patrick Sykes, Golnar Motevalli August 21,2020   |  Source: Bloomberg

Iran summoned the United Arab Emirates’ envoy in Tehran after a deadly encounter between Emirati coast guards and Iranian fishing trawlers earlier this week. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran said the coast guards opened fire on Iranian fishing boats on Monday, killing two people and briefly seizing one of the ships.It also said in the statement that Iran had seized an unspecified UAE vessel the same day.

The ministry said that the UAE vessel had trespassed on Iranian maritime territory, and that the envoy had “expressed regret” over the incidents, without clarifying whether they were linked.

Iran was alarmed last week to learn that Israel and the UAE intend to normalize relations. The historic agreement denounced by Tehran marked a major shift in the region’s strategic alliances, and will give Iran’s top regional foe, Israel, an official commercial and political presence on its doorstep.

While the incidents at sea this week did not trigger a major escalation, their timing raises the specter of possible Israeli involvement in such showdowns in the future.

Right now, Iran’s main confrontation is with the U.S., which intends on Thursday to ask the United Nations Security Council to snap back international sanctions in an attempt to kill off what


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