A British warship fired warning shots at a fast-approaching speedboat, possibly Iranian, in an unpublicized incident in April that adds to concerns about continuing tensions in the Persian Gulf, and the chance of an unintended outbreak of hostilities there.
The speedboat has not been identified, something the British defence ministry stressed when asked about the encounter.
It could be an innocent misunderstanding or a Bahraini fishing boat, though a knowledgeable source who was shown the video says it has “all the appearances” of previous incidents carried out in the Gulf by Iranian speedboats. The confrontation is captured in a video obtained by The Daily Beast.
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