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Title: Spain, Gibraltar in new maritime face-off
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A new row flared between Spain and Gibraltar after police in the British territory charged on Tuesday that one of its boats was damaged in a...

A new row flared between Spain and Gibraltar after police in the British territory charged on Tuesday that one of its boats was damaged in a clash with Spanish police vessels that illegally entered its waters.

Spain's government said on Monday it had complained to Britain over the incident on Sunday, while Spain's Civil Guard police force accused their Gibraltar counterparts of behaving like "pirates".

The Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) said in a statement on Tuesday that Civil Guard boats were chasing a suspect vessel "outside BGTW", or the territorial waters of the rocky promontory off Spain's southern coast.

But the pursuit entered "BGTW with the Civil Guard intercepting the suspect vessel", it said in a statement.

"The crew, two Spanish nationals, were arrested by the Civil Guard after bales of cannabis resin were found onboard the vessel. No prior notification of the chase had been given to the RGP by the Civil Guard."

 

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