Based on the importance of informing the public of the developments of events, and in supplementing the statement issued by the Ministry of the Interior on 25 November 2020 regarding the suspension of three patrols of the Coastal and Qatari Border Security, two Bahraini coast guard boats, while they were returning after the end of their mission in the "Maritime Barrier" exercise, it indicated Information that there are a number of facts that require clarification.
What happened by the coast and border security patrols against the two Bahraini boats at sea began with the response of the two boats and ended with the interception and then their detention and the threat of using weapons, and preventing them from contacting the operations room, without regard to their subordination to the Bahraini coast guard as an official body, and the Qatari boats did not It did not carry any flag or identity, according to international norms, while the two Bahraini boats carried the flag of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the logo of the Ministry of Interior.
The Ministry of Interior commends the level of discipline, professionalism, and restraint that the two Bahraini boat captains dealt with the incident, in return for the hostile actions shown by the Qatari side, stressing that what happened by the coast and border security patrols is in violation of the conventions and treaties related to the international law of the sea. It is permissible for any country to stop a ship or coast guard boat by force, especially since the accident occurred in the waters of the Kingdom of Bahrain under the provisions of Law No. (8) of 1993 regarding the territorial sea of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the adjacent region.
The Ministry of Interior expresses its condemnation of the Qatari practices that it used to carry out towards Bahraini boats and fishing vessels in this region during the last period, where during the period from 2010 to 2020 about 650 boats and 2,153 people were arrested, which is contrary to the situation that existed more than 200 years ago. In the field of pearl fishing and fish.
The State of Qatar has persisted in such actions, represented in detaining Bahraini fishing boats for long periods, and prosecuting those on board, which resulted in a negative impact on the livelihoods and livelihoods of citizens, and prejudice to the fishing profession that they inherited from their fathers and grandparents, and this provocative Qatari practices. , In cutting off their livelihood.