Qatar denies seizing Iran ships carrying weapons

Bahrain has accused Iran of meddling in anti-government protests in the kingdom
WEAPONS CACHE Qatar has denied media reports that it seized two Iranian ships carrying weapons through the Gulf
By Joanne Bladd
Mon 28 Mar 2011 01:01 PM

Qatar has denied media reports that it seized two Iranian ships carrying weapons through the Gulf, the emirate’s state news agency said Monday.

"The reports about the seizure in territorial waters of two Iranian boats loaded with weapons are inaccurate,” an interior ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by QNA.

Kuwait online paper Al Aan had reported that two Iranian ships were seized off the Al Zubara coast, close to Qatar’s territorial waters with Bahrain.

Bahrain has openly condemned what it called “blatant meddling” by Iran in its domestic affair following weeks of protests led by the kingdom’s Shiite Muslim majority.

Iran, a Shiite Muslim state, is rumoured to have supported anti-government protests in Bahrain, a claim the Islamic republic has denied.

Iran spoke out earlier this month against the use of Gulf troops to quash unrest in the kingdom, describing the deaths of protesters as a “massacre”.

Bahrain expelled Iran’s charge d'affaires earlier this month, accusing him of contacts with some opposition groups. State-backed carrier Gulf Air has said it will suspend flights to Iran for the immediate future.

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