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Kuwait arrests 5 Iraqi fishermen 11, October 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Iraq, Kuwait.
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Kuwaiti coastguards have arrested five Iraqi fishermen for entering Kuwait’s territorial waters. In May, Gulf News reports, 10 Iraqi fishermen were arrested for the same offense.

There have been numerous such skirmishes along the Gulf in the past few years. Borders are often poorly demarcated, not agreed upon, not known or fishing grounds have been destroyed or depleted forcing fishermen to fish further afield.

While technically speaking these are minor incidents they have a history of spiraling out of control: the recent Qatari-Bahraini incidents spring to mind. Yet nowhere is there a keener sense of latent anger than between Iraq and Kuwait. Were the nationalistic Parliaments to pick up on these incidents, the situation could easily be amplified significantly.