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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Breaking: IDF intercepts arms shipment from Turkey to Gaza

The IDF's Shayetet 13 Naval commando unit intercepted a shipload of Iranian weapons headed from Turkey to Gaza on Tuesday morning. According to IDF spokesman Avi Bnayahu, who is being interviewed on Israel Radio as I am typing this, the origin of the weapons was in Syria, and it is too early to say what types and quantities of weapons were on the ship. The ship is owned by a German company and flies the Liberian flag. It was intercepted 200 miles out at sea, and was taken over without resistance.
The ship, known as Victoria, was flying a Liberian flag, and was seized by the navy off the coast of El-Arish in Egypt, 200 miles off of Israel's coast.

The Victoria was boarded by commandos from the Israely Navy's Flotilla 13, also known as the Shayetet, and is expected to arrive in the Ashdod port on Tuesday evening.

An initial inspection of the cargo revealed the ship was carrying weapons. The exact amount is to be determined.

The crew, questioned by the Navy Commando, was not aware that the cargo contained weaponry.

The ship set sail several days ago from Turkey, and was expected to dock in El Arish. There, it was supposed to unload the weapons, which would travel by land to Gaza.
Haaretz adds that the ship is carrying 'tons' of concealed weapons.

More details on this story (probably in separate posts) as they come in.

The picture at the top is the Francop, a weapons ship that was captured by the IDF in November 2009.

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At 2:40 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Turkey is a NATO MEMBER. So does this mean the Obama's and Germany's NATO are attacking Israel? Are Code Pink (and Obama's other gangbanger friends - just like in Egypt, etc.) involved in this? U.S. lawmakers are distracted by the budget... they need to be paying attention to this.


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