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'Iran weapons ship' arrives in Israel
Published Sunday 09/03/2014 (updated) 10/03/2014 19:37
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The Panamanian-flagged Klos-C is escorted into the southern Israeli
port of Eilat by Israeli warships (unseen) on March 8, 2014 after it was
intercepted by the Israeli navy with the military saying it was carrying
advanced rockets from Iran to Gaza (AFP/Jack Guez)
EILAT, Israel (AFP) -- A ship allegedly carrying advanced rockets from Iran to Gaza that was intercepted by the Israeli navy was escorted into the Red Sea port of Eilat on Saturday.

Israeli naval commandos seized the vessel on Wednesday in the Red Sea between Eritrea and Sudan, with the military saying it was carrying an Iranian shipment of M-302 rockets destined for the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.

The Panamanian-flagged Klos-C was escorted into Eilat port by two Israeli warships.

Thousands of Israelis gathered on a hill overlooking the port broke into applause when the ship came into view.

"We will dismantle all the containers to verify if they contain other weapons," an army spokesman said, adding that a news conference will be held at the end of operations late on Monday.

Israeli radio said that ambassadors and military attaches posted to Israel as well as "prominent Israeli figures" would be invited to view the weapons seized by the army.

This, the radio said, "will prove to the world that Iran is providing weapons to terrorists active in the Gaza Strip."

Iran has flatly denied any involvement with the shipment, which the Israeli army said was carrying missiles capable of striking anywhere in Israel.

At the time of the vessel's capture on Wednesday, military spokesman Brigadier General Motti Almoz told army radio that dozens of the M-302 long-range missiles were on board.

"From what we understand, it was carrying dozens of M-302 long-range missiles which can reach 150 to 200 kilometers (90-125 miles). It may be carrying other weapons as well, but we can only know this when it reaches Eilat.

"There is clear and unequivocal information that this (shipment) came from Iran," Almoz said, without elaborating.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused Israel of lying and noted that the announcement of its capture coincided with a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the AIPAC pro-Israeli lobby in the United States.

"An Iranian ship carrying arms for Gaza. Captured just in time for annual AIPAC anti Iran campaign. Amazing Coincidence! Or same failed lies," Zarif wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

Netanyahu has been pressing the international community to maintain crippling economic sanctions on Iran over its nuclear drive, and used last week's visit to the US to push his case.

The United States said on Wednesday its intelligence services and military worked with Israel to track the ship.
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1 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
09/03/2014 11:19
I don't believe 1 word from "Israel". But if if if this the truth, so what???? "Israel" is buying billions of weapons to use it against innocence people. Palestine has the right to defend itself against the occupying killing machine " Israel".

2 ) Chad / Egypt
09/03/2014 15:37
Well of course the Iranians are not going to admit that they were up to this. Niw, how are they going to explain the snip arriving in Eilat for everyone to see? I am not a huge fan of fhe Israelis, but Iran is the real problem in the ME

3 ) Colin wright / alquds
09/03/2014 18:52
Israel trying a magic trick of accusations

4 ) Hetty Verlinde / the Netherlands
09/03/2014 20:48
"Israeli radio said that ambassadors and military attaches posted to Israel as well as "prominent Israeli figures" would be invited to view the weapons seized by the army". This, the radio said, "will prove to the world that Iran is providing weapons to terrorists active in the Gaza Strip." Really funny. "Israel" didn't get the attention it hoped for so it is planning a theatre performance. "prove to the world"? We know about your fabrications and we know you are an expert in lying.

5 ) Maureen / Australia
09/03/2014 21:30
And what of Israel's nuclear armed submarines?

6 ) Carlos / usa
10/03/2014 18:17
Palestinians have a right to arm themselves to deter israeli attacks. So what. Boycott israel and israel made garbage like Intel processors. I always buy my computer with AMD processor because the AMD processors are not made in israel.

7 ) Qasim / Egypt
10/03/2014 23:36
Well if Iran did send the weapons, it certainly won't admit to it. If Israel intercepted the weapons it will definitely want the world to see them in all their glory & gloat. Problem is who is telling the truth?
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