A riot in the wake of the Iranian invasion of two islands in the Arabian Gulf has left a trail of damage throughout Ras Al Khaimah -- one of the former Trucial States, which lays claim to the islands invaded on Tuesday (November 30).
A riot in the wake of the Iranian invasion of two islands in the Arabian Gulf has left a trail of damage throughout Ras Al Khaimah -- one of the former Trucial States, which lays claim to the islands invaded on Tuesday (November 30). The islands -- the Greater and Lesser Tunbs -- have long been a source of dispute between Ras Al Khaimah and Iran. The riots -- which were aimed at Iranian property on Ras Al Khaimah -- severely damaged two banks and a bakery.
The invasion has also had wider repercussions. Iraq has broken off diplomatic relations with Britain, claiming it colluded with the invasion by not sending in troops under a military agreement with the Trucial States. Britain has replied that he invasion took place on the day that the agreement ended, to be replaced by a new agreement with the Union of Six of the Trucial Status -- a union which Ras Al Khaimah has refused to join.
The islands -- some of whose inhabitant filed to Ras Al Khaimah during he invasion -- lie in the Straits of Hormuz and command Iraq's only see outlet for its international oil shipments.
SYNOPSIS: The Middle East.....and the aftermath of rioting in the tiny sheikhdom of Ras Al Khaimah, one of the former Trucial States. The riots were aimed at Iranian-owned property following Iran's invasion of two Arabian Gulf islands on Tuesday -- which are claimed by Ras Al Khaimah.
Among the property damaged were two Iranian banks and a bakery, all of which were looted and fire-gutted by rioters protesting at the invasion of the islands -- the Greater and Lesser Tunbs. They lie at the mouth of the Straits of Hormuz in the Arabian Gulf.
During the invasion, the inhabitants of the islands fled to Ras Al Khaimah in their tiny fishing dhows. The Battle for control of the islands was the climax of a long dispute over ownership, and has already had wide repercussions. Iraq, whose only sea outlet for its international oil shipments is commanded by the islands, has broken off diplomatic relations with Britain. It accused Britain of colluding with the invasion by refusing to send troops to repel the Iranians under a military agreement with the Trucial States. But Britain replied the agreement ended on the day of the invasion -- to be replaced by an agreement with the new Union of Six of the Trucial States. The ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, Sheikh bin Mohamed, has refused to join the new Union and its treaty with Britain.