Greece catches Turkish weapons ship
A Turkish 'cement ship' that stopped to refuel in Greece this past week turned out to be carrying a huge cache of weapons
. It's believed - but not yet proven - that the weapons were headed for Libya or for Islamist rebels in Mali (Hat Tip: Joshua I
According to a report from the Thessaly Journal, the ship "Alexandretta"
-which was flying the flag of Saint Vincent- was from Turkey, and
although it is registered as a cement bulk cargo ship was in all reality
suspiciously transporting a huge quantity of weapons and ammunition. It
said that unconfirmed reports also spoke of portable antiaircraft guns
and anti-tank missiles, ammunition and infantry weapons such as
Kalashnikov guns, etc.
The newspaper noted that the ship was bound for Libya, but also said
that it could have been headed towards Mali (which boarders Libya) to
arm Islamic rebels fighting there.
The newspaper, quoting reliable sources, said that as soon as Greek
authorities were notified, they surrounded the ship, and prevented any
embarking and disembarking to be conducted. For security purposes the
ship was then forced to dock at the port of Volos, where it was
immediately quarantined and under the watchful eye of competent
According to legislation, ships transporting weaponry -bound for
countries such as Libya, Iran, Syria- are forbidden to pass through
Greece. The newspaper said that the ship's capacity is 4,000 tonnes, but
it did not disclose the exact weight of the cargo.
Labels: Libya, Mali, Turkey, weapons smuggling