Amid several proxy wars in the Middle East including in Syria and Yemen, tension between Tehran and Riyadh has heightened as Saudi navy vessels start naval exercises in the Gulf.
In a sign of heightened tensions between the two regional rivals, Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) warned Saudi naval vessels taking part in military exercises in the Gulf on Wednesday not to get close to Iranian waters. “The Revolutionary Guards naval forces believe this war game is mainly to create tension and destabilize the Persian Gulf,” the IRGC said in a statement published on Tasnim news agency.
Saudi Arabia began naval war games including live fire exercises on Tuesday in the Gulf and Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important oil route.
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