Navy Intercepts Weapons-Smuggling Ship Off Coast

The Israeli Navy has intercepted a ship that carried weapons for Hizbullah approximately 100 miles off the Mediterranean Coast.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 11/4/2009, 10:17 AM / Last Update: 11/4/2009, 10:19 AM

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The Israeli Navy intercepted a ship Tuesday night carrying camouflaged weapons apparently sent by Iran for Hizbullah terrorists. A special forces unit met no resistance and arrested those on board, approximately 100 miles off the Mediterranean Coast. It is not known if the crewmen on board knew that they were carrying weapons.

The vessel was flying the flag of Antigua, an island in the West Indies, and the weapons were hidden in a civilian shipment located in the belly of the  cargo ship.

The Navy escorted the boat to the port of Ashdod. The weapons are suspected of having been sent from Iran and destined for Hizbullah terrorists in Lebanon. The interception of the ship followed what apparently was detailed intelligence information.

Military spokesmen said the special forces and intelligence personnel worked together in the operation.