Iran has taken 15 British sailors hostage claiming they were in international waters.
Iran says it took 15 British servicemen hostage at gunpoint because they had crossed into Iranian waters.
The eight Royal Navy sailors and seven Marines were seized by Iranian troops while carrying out a routine inspection in what the British say were Iraqi waters.
According to reports on Iran state television, the British envoy has been summoned to the foreign ministry in Iran to discuss the “illegal entry into Iranian waters of military personnel”.
Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett has asked Iran for “a full explanation” for the detention of the British servicemen and demanded their “immediate and safe return”.
They were taking part in a routine operation boarding merchant ships when they were taken captive by Iranian naval vessels.