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Israel Intercepts Ship With Weapons Headed to Gaza


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- 1843 days ago - cnn.com
The Israel Defense Forces said Wednesday it intercepted an Iranian shipment of "advanced" weapons bound for "terrorist organizations" operating in Gaza.



   

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Hilary S (65)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 6:31 pm
pay attention to the way the media reports this: a report minimising iran's intentions, and claiming israel is wrong or overreacting is bound to come from an al jazeera source.
 

fly b (26)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 6:44 pm
1:41 AM EST, Thu March 6, 2014
Correction - State media in Iran, military officials denied the reports

"The Israel Defense Forces said Wednesday it intercepted an Iranian shipment of "advanced" weapons bound for "terrorist organizations" operating in Gaza."

Unsubstantiated.
- "advanced" weapons - not.
- "terrorist organizations" in Gaza - not established.

Netanyahu said ....
Netanyahu said ...
IDF said ...

International waters - hundreds of miles from Israeli coastline - not mentioned; how 'convenient'.
This constitutes illegal Israeli action and violations under International Law.

Sacks of cement, with Iranian labels (in English) for export only, were used as a pretext for these claims. How 'practical'..

Another smokescreen, more hasbara.
 

Beth S (330)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 7:07 pm
Exactly, Hilary. Pay attention, because the media consistently distorts what happens, because everyone now wants to do business with Iran. And of course, right at the front of the line on C2NN, jessica.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4495487,00.html

(with graphics and photos and videos)

IDF captures Iranian ship carrying advanced rockets for Gaza

Cargo of Iranian made long-range missiles were captured en route to Sudan in daring open sea operation, in which elite navy unit raided the vessel

Israel seized an Iranian ship carrying advanced weapons destined for Gaza on Tuesday night and towed it to the Eilat port, the IDF said Wednesday. Elite troops from the Israel Navy's Shayetet 13 unit boarded the ship in open waters on the maritime border of Sudan and Eritrea, some 1,500 km south of Israel.

The Klos C Iranian vessel was sailing under a Panamanian flag, making its way to Sudan from Iran carrying a cargo of advanced rockets capable of reaching distances of up to 200 km.

The Iranian cargo ship carrying arms for Gaza left port ten days ago and was on track to dock in Sudan on Thursday. The 17 crew members on board representing a variety of nationalities are being investigated for their involvement in the attempted smuggling operation. Their questioning is expected to continue in Israel.

PM: Iran smiles, but arms terrorists with lethal weapons / Attila Somfavli

Netanyahu praises Mossad and IDF for 'perfect operation to intercept a secret Iranian weapons ship.' Israel plans to use event to make case against nuclear Iran by remaining world of its support of terrorist groups

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The ship was supposed to reach port in Sudan on Thursday, some 10 days after it left Iran. An initial inventory by Israel revealed a large supply of rockets, including the Iranian-made 302m, which hit Haifa during the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

The rockets originated in Syria, the IDF said, where Iran is known to store large arsenals. The rockets were flown from Syria to Iran, where they were loaded on the ship that then departed for Iraq where the arms were concealed in boxes of cement.

From the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr it sailed into the Red Sea around the Port of Oman, bound for Sudan. The ship's progress was closely tracked by the IDF as it sailed.

"There is clear evidence from the ship that these are rockets for which Iran is responsible," a senior IDF source said Wednesday. "The rockets were ... intended for terror groups in Gaza."

The interception operation was conducted under the real-time supervision of IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, both of whom were present at an IDF command center.

The army said in a statement that last night, after receiving the cabinet's approval, Chief of Staff Gantz ordered IDF forces to "thwart the operation to transfer ammunition to terror organizations in the Gaza Strip." According to IDF, the operation's success "was made possible due to high quality intelligence."

Navy commandos raided the ship at sea, in accordance with international law, and searched it for ammunition. the IDF said.

"The IDF will continue to fight against the regional arms race led by Iran in an attempt to ignite the region, and will act relentlessly with every means possible to make sure the Israeli people are safe," the statement from the IDF Spokesman's Office continued.

Hamas dismissed the Israeli announcement as a "silly joke".

"This is a new Israeli lie aimed to justify and prolong the blockade of Gaza," said Taher Al-Nono, an advisor of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.

Arms transfer

Israel has long claimed that Iran is transferring arms to terror groups around the world, namely Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, through Sudan and Yemen.

Last April, the Egyptian navy seized a vessel carrying a large arms shipment near the Sinai Peninsula's southern coast. The Anatolia Turkish News Agency reported the ship is an Iranian fishing vessel named "Sawit 1," and reported that 62,283 firearms were found in its cargo, including sniper-rifles, AK-47s, RPGs and large quantities of ammunition.

In 2009, the navy's commando force stopped and boarded the Francop, a ship planning to dock in Syria containing massive amounts of Iranian arms indented for Hezbollah.

The most famous such operation was the interception of the Karin-A ship in the Red Sea in 2002. On board tons of munitions were captured en route from Iran to Gaza.

Earlier Wednesday Iran said its powerful Revolutionary Guard has acquired missiles with multiple warheads, a step that it says is a major boost of its defense capabilities.

The claim by Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan is the latest reported advance in Iran's domestic missile production program.

He says Western sanctions have not stopped Iran from augmenting its ability to deter its enemies from attacking the Islamic Republic, a reference to Israel and the US.

His comments were posted on the Guard website, sepahnews.com, Wednesday.

Iran regularly announces breakthroughs in military technology that are impossible to independently verify. But the Pentagon released a rare public report in 2012 noting significant advances in Iranian missile technology, acknowledging that the Islamic Republic has improved the accuracy and firing capabilities.
 

Patricia Martinez (63)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 7:20 pm

Can you imagine Iran shipping weapons to Hamas, being that they are such peaceful, democratic countries who would never think of doing anything illegal and threatening in the area?



 

Sheri Schongold (7)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 7:22 pm
I believe Israel. I believe that Iran was behind the shipment and I believe they will continue to ship and try to arm Gaza so that horrors can be rained down on Israel. If it weren't that there are 1 or 2 innocent people in Iran, I believe that we should bomb the country and worry about consequences later. The Muslims, Iranians, Iraqis, Egyptians, Saudi Arabians and the rest of the countries that are our "enemy allies" would do that to us in an instant without worrying about innocent people. There isn't one country over that that wouldn't jump up and down with joy if Israel and the USA ceased to exist.
 

Patricia Martinez (63)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 7:28 pm

Should anyone wonder about my remark, yes, it was sarcasm.

Hamas and the Iranian mullahs are scum.

 

pam w (139)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 8:47 pm
Yes....they are!
 

Stan B (123)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 10:32 pm
This is why Israel can never afford to let its guard down and makes Palestinian apologists look even more stupid.
 

Alexa R (319)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 11:37 pm
Well done IDF Navy .. Your heroism is saving innocent lives ..

I'm delighted that the IDF Navy is like the Sea Shepherd, having the guts to stop evil actions even when the media jumps up and down in hysterics to protect the evil doers ..
 

Gillian M (218)
Friday March 7, 2014, 12:51 am
It is traditional for people like jess to deny that any Muslim controlled country would send arms to Gaza. I have seen the videos and the news on many sources.

But then we all know that Iran is not building nuclear war heads and wishes to live a peaceful life.........
 

Shil O (0)
Friday March 7, 2014, 1:13 am
kudos to the idf -- but why would the "palestinians" want them

probably the result of proportional responses
 

Past Member (0)
Friday March 7, 2014, 1:35 am
There is a video of the Israeli's boarding this ship show in the Jerusalem Post English edition and bags of chemicals are clearly marked made in Iran it also shows boxes of missiles.
 

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Friday March 7, 2014, 3:14 am
I should like to see the human race grow up before I die. However, it looks like this really puerile bellicosity is going to outlive me. Any excuse for an excess of Androgen to wreak its mindless destruction - even God - who according to the same Muslims' Koran is "most merciful".
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Friday March 7, 2014, 4:25 am
noted
 

Past Member (0)
Friday March 7, 2014, 6:29 am
Noted.
 

Birgit W (160)
Friday March 7, 2014, 1:44 pm
Noted.
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Friday March 7, 2014, 6:10 pm
Israel must counteract these threats where they are perceived to be. No time for complacency - we have many idiots blinded to the real facts re Iran's agenda.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday March 7, 2014, 6:22 pm
Mexico too..one big bang theory of everything be fine then..:)
 

. (0)
Friday March 7, 2014, 6:41 pm
Good job.
 

fly b (26)
Friday March 7, 2014, 8:07 pm
Propaganda is the mainstay ingredient on the hasbara menu.
Eritrean Opposition: Arms Ship Was Heading for Yemen, Not Gaza
 

Walter F (129)
Friday March 7, 2014, 8:14 pm
As the British would say " jolly good show" Israel..Now don't waste these weapons you may need them someday,keep them in your own arsenal..Of course all the anti Jews will accuse you of piracy.,so what. theiir blacklist far exceedes anything you have ever done. and the venom they spit out blows back on them.
 

Billie C (2)
Friday March 7, 2014, 10:15 pm
wtg israel. you have to protect yourselves since our idiot in office would rather protect muslims that hate us and would kill us as fast as they will jews.
 

Colin Hope (201)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 1:55 am
What a bloody mess this all is!!
 

Vlasta M (7)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 8:45 am
Thank God for Zionism, which is the liberation movement for the Jewish people that finally established a state where Jews are a majority. Half of the world Jews (total
 

Beth S (330)
Saturday March 8, 2014, 9:01 pm
Muslims shipping weapons to Muslims. Innocents will surely be blown up. Nothing ever good comes out of these things.
 

Helen Porter (39)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 5:54 am
And the Palestinians will say Israel ordered the weapons to be used against themselves but haven't yet paid for them and therefore Israel will be sued for not paying for the weapons destroyed by themselves.
 

Helen Porter (39)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 6:09 am
What I said above is a little vague.

What I'm saying is, the following lies will be proclaimed and lies they are.
Israel ordered weapons to be shipped to Gaza for the Palestinians to use against Israel.

However, Israel has not yet paid for the weapons they ordered for Gaza to use against Israel.
Israel will be sued for not paying for the weapons which were going to be used to annihilate
Israel.

Israel is guilty of self protection when destroying the weapons they ordered to be used to destroy themselves,
Self Protection is a capital offense.

That's how the enemy thinks.

Lies, lies and more lies are the practice of the enemy.



 

Betty Kelly (4)
Sunday March 9, 2014, 12:49 pm
Constant vigilence is the reason Israel is surving. This is a sad world.
 
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