Kuwait said on Sunday it had arrested 10 Iranians while they were trying to illegally enter the country, an incident that could further strain the Gulf nation's ties with Tehran.

The 10 were spotted on coastguard radar trying to enter Kuwait by sea, the Interior Ministry said in a statement, according to Kuwait's state news agency KUNA.

One of the "infiltrators" was injured while resisting arrest after he refused to comply with the coastguard's orders to give himself in, the ministry said, without giving further details.

KUNA carried a photo showing nine of the alleged infiltrators sitting on their knees with hands tied behind their backs.

The ministry did not specify when the incident took place, but it said the 10 men had been referred to legal authorities.

In January, Kuwait recalled its ambassador to Tehran in solidarity with Saudi Arabia. Riyadh had cut ties with Iran after Iranians attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran to protest the execution of a prominent Saudi Shiite cleric.

Sunni-ruled Gulf monarchies have repeatedly accused Shiite Iran of meddling in their affairs and inciting regional unrest, an accusation that Tehran has denied.

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