Members of the Royal Saudi Navy take part in a Gulf Shield 1 exercise, east of Saudi Arabia, on Oct, 4.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) warned Saudi Arabian naval vessels taking part in military exercises in the Arabian Gulf today to not get close to Iranian waters, in a sign of heightened tensions between the two regional rivals.
Reuters reported that Saudi began naval war games, including live fire exercises, in the Arabian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz yesterday, which is the world’s most important oil trade route.
Tehran and Riyadh are fighting several proxy wars in the Middle East, including in Syria and Yemen, but both have been cautious about direct military confrontation.
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Iran Warns The Saudi Navy To Stay Out Of Its Waters
Iran tells Saudi navy vessels to avoid its waters -- Reuters
‘Stay out of Iranian waters:’ Iran’s Revolutionary Guard slams Saudi drills -- RT
Saudi-Iran tension escalates over naval war games -- Daily Sabah
Saudi Arabia holds war games in Strait of Hormuz -- The National
Amid Iran tensions, Saudi holds live-fire drills in Persian Gulf -- The Times of Israel/AFP