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Three small boats entered Saudi Arabia’s territorial waters on Friday, prompting security forces to open fire after they failed to comply with their demand to halt.

The incident happened at about 8:30 pm on Friday when three small boats entered Saudi territorial waters and “headed at speed towards platforms of (the) Saudi oil field of Marjan”, a government statement said according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Saudi naval forces fired warning shots and captured one of the vessels but two escaped, the statement added.

The seized craft was “loaded with weapons for subversive purposes”, it said, but gave no details.

The statement said the boats carried “red and white flags”.

A government source stressed “the Kingdom’s keenness on combating terrorism and confronting subversive acts in its constant mission to preserve national security against any assault.”

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Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities. Launched in London in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat has established itself as the decisive publication on pan-Arab and international affairs, offering its readers in-depth analysis and exclusive editorials, as well as the most comprehensive coverage of the entire Arab world.

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