DEBKAfile July 16, 2012, 7:55 PM (GMT+02:00)
A boat was fired on by a US vessel off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, killing one person and injuring three. A US Defense official said the boat approached a US Navy ship and failed to respond to warnings. It was described as a small white pleasure craft. DEBKAfile file: The small boat was apparently mistaken for an Iranian marine speedboat. The US Fifth Fleet is investigating the incident.
Naval tension between Iran and US is exceptionally high in this part of the Persian Gulf.