Israel intercepts ship transporting ‘Iran weapons’

The ship was intercepted between Eritrea and Sudan, an army statement said

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A ship bound for Gaza on Wednesday was intercepted by Israeli military, who said the vessel was carrying Iranian "advanced weaponry."

The ship was intercepted between Eritrea and Sudan, an army statement said, according to Agence France-Presse.

"Earlier today, the IDF (Israeli army) prevented an attempt to smuggle an Iranian shipment of advanced weaponry intended for terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip," the statement read.

The military also said the weapons were Syrian-made and that they were shipped overland to Iran and then onward towards Gaza by sea, Agence France-Presse reported.

"During a complex covert navy operation in the early hours of this morning, the navy intercepted a cargo vessel in international waters between Sudan and Eritrea that was carrying an Iranian shipment of advanced weapons," Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner told reporters, according to AFP.

"Dozens of surface-to-surface M302 Syrian-manufactured rockets were found (aboard)," Lerner said, adding that the crew of the ship, named the Klos-C, had "fully cooperated."

Earlier on Wednesday, Israel claimed to have struck two fighters belonging to Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shiite movement, as they tried to plant a bomb near the Israeli-Syrian frontier.

Iran is in talks with Western powers over its nuclear program, which Israel has fiercely opposed, insisting that international sanctions against Tehran be maintained instead of easing them in return for its scaling back its atomic drive.

(With AFP)

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