Bahrain and Saudi Arabia Ban Iranian Ships
Both kingdoms now ban domestic entities from entering into transactions with Iranian flagged vessels, and both have banned Iranian flagged vessels from their ports.
In addition, in Bahrain, no vessel – of any flag state – may enter a Bahrainian port if it has called at a port in Iran for any one of its last three port calls.
Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, largely Sunni Muslim nations, have been moving to sever diplomatic ties with Shiite-led Iran in recent weeks. The Saudis and Iranians are engaged in two proxy wars in the Middle East, one in Yemen and one in Syria.
Saudi courts recently ordered the execution of a well-known Shiite cleric, leading to protests in Tehran and the burning of the Saudi embassy. The Saudis have reacted by shutting down transportation and diplomatic ties, including a ban on flights to and from Iran beginning January 5. 150 direct service flights have been affected. Saudi Arabia is home to many Islamic pilgrimage sites, including Mecca, and the ban has severely hurt Arab regional airlines as the flow of Iranian
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