Turkey refused Israeli request to intercept Victoria
A Kuwaiti news agency reports that Turkey refused
an Israeli request to intercept the weapons-carrying Victoria (Hat Tip: IMRA
). On Tuesday, an Israeli Navy commando team intercepted the ship and dragged it back to the port of Ashdod, where the full extent of its weapons-laden cargo was revealed.
Israel affirmed Wednesday that Turkey refused an Israeli request to intercept the "Victoria" cargo vessel which, according to Israeli sources, carried weapons being smuggled to help Palestinian activities in the Gaza Strip.
According to Maariv Israeli newspaper, Israel requested Ankara to intercept the cargo vessel, a request which Turkey flatly refused.
Israel had stopped the ship which was hoisting the Turkish and Liberian flags, indicated the newspaper, adding that the cargo consisted of weapons suspected to be shipped to Palestinian factions.
Israel, however, did not hold any of the two states accountable for items discovered on the ship, indicated the newspaper.
Why did we even bother to ask the Turks? Why did anyone think they would be helpful?
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