Egypt navy intercepts arms-laden ship from Israel: security

Egyptian navy forces seized aship carrying heavy weapons as it entered Egyptian territorialwaters in the Red Sea late on Wednesday, three security sourcestold Reuters on Thursday. (AFP)

Egypt’s navy on Thursday seized a weapons-laden ship and detained its crew who had set off from the Israeli port of Eilat en route to the African country of Togo, security officials said.

Officials said the navy intercepted the ship, “which was flying the flag of an African country,” after it strayed into Egyptian territorial waters.

The ship, with a crew of 14 and a cargo of 105 crates of unspecified weapons and ammunition, belonged to an African security company, the officials said.

The crew and vessel will be held in the Red Sea port of Safaga until the authorities ascertain whether the weapons were being smuggled, the officials added.

Last Update: Thursday, 4 April 2013 KSA 19:01 - GMT 16:01

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